JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has expressed concerns about the Federal Reserve potentially raising interest rates to 7% and that the U.S. economy could experience stagflation. “I am not sure if the world is prepared for 7%,” he stressed, adding that there is “a range of outcomes.”
Jamie Dimon’s Economic Warnings
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, discussed various aspects of the U.S. economy, including the impact of further interest rate hikes, in an interview with the Times of India, published Tuesday.
When asked about the possibility of a hard landing in the U.S., the JPMorgan boss replied: “No one knows. There is a range of outcomes. It will be affected by everything else — Ukraine, oil, gas, war, Europe.” The executive added: “I would be cautious … We have to deal with all these serious issues over time, and the deficits can’t continue forever. So rates may go up more. But I hope and pray there is a soft landing.”
Dimon explained: “When rates go up sharply, there is stress in debt repayments.” While noting that the increase in interest rates from 0% to 5% took some by surprise, he emphasized that no one would have considered 5% to be “out of the realm of possibility.” In July, Fed officials raised the federal funds rate to a range of 5.25% to 5.5%, the highest level in 22 years.
However, the JPMorgan boss cautioned that interest rates rising to 7% will have a more severe impact on the U.S. economy, stating:
I am not sure if the world is prepared for 7% … The worst case is 7% with stagflation.
Earlier this month, Dimon warned of a recession, cautioning that it is “a huge mistake” to think that the U.S. economy will boom for years.
The JPMorgan CEO also commented on whether cryptocurrency should be banned. Noting that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) wanting to outlaw cryptocurrency is the right move, he opined: “You have to separate the world into crypto that does something — foundations for smart contracts or data that can be moved easily so it creates value somewhere. I think that is taking place a little bit.” Dimon added:
If it took the form of currency, which is supposed to be a store of value, that is a fraud; it should be closed down.
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