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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, appears on CNBC’s Squawk Box at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 22nd, 2020.
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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon sees strong growth for the U.S. economy in the near term, thanks to the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has left many consumers flush with savings, according to his annual shareholder letter made public Wednesday. While calling stock market valuations “quite high,” he said a multiyear boom may justify current levels, because markets are pricing in economic growth and excess savings making their ways into equities. While bullish on the economy’s immediate future, Dimon said there are serious challenges ahead for the U.S., thanks to political and societal dysfunction.
Signage is displayed outside Morgan Stanley & Co. headquarters in the Times Square neighborhood of New York.
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The night before the Archegos Capital story burst into public view late last month, the fund’s biggest prime broker quietly unloaded some of its risky positions, people with knowledge of the trades told CNBC. Morgan Stanley sold about $5 billion in shares from Archegos’ doomed bets on U.S. media and Chinese tech names to a small group of hedge funds late on March 25, according to the people, who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the transaction. Some of the clients felt betrayed by Morgan Stanley because they didn’t receive that crucial context, according to one of the people familiar with the trades.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
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Jeff Bezos voiced support for raising the U.S. corporate tax rate to help pay for infrastructure spending. But the Amazon founder on Tuesday stopped short of saying he supports President Joe Biden‘s plan for the increase. Bezos’ support for a tax hike on companies is notable, given that Amazon has faced scrutiny over its own tax record, including from Biden. Last May, while still a Democratic presidential candidate, Biden told CNBC that Amazon “should start paying their taxes.”
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2021.
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Biden is urging states to open Covid vaccine appointments to all U.S. adults by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks. Biden urged Americans to continue to practice pandemic safety measures, saying the U.S. isn’t “at the finish line yet.” The president also said the U.S. reached 150 million shots administered within his first 75 days in office. He’s pushing to have 200 million does in arms within his first 100 days in office.
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