Economics/Class Relations

CEOs warn 2023 is going to suck

Nicholas Carlson October 21, 2022


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Everyone who’s anyone is trying to figure out what’s going on with the US economy — especially as the new year approaches.


By and large, things aren’t too bad at the moment. But a lot of smart people are saying: just wait. Things are really going to suck in 2023.


Ninety-one percent of CEOs in the US anticipate there will be recession in the next 12 months, per a KPMG survey. Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, told Tesla execs earlier this year that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy. FedEx CEO Raj Subramaniam told CNBC last month that we’re barreling toward a “worldwide recession.”


JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is perhaps the loudest of the recession soothsayers. He recently predicted that the downturn will be much softer than the economic “hurricane” he originally forewarned. But in his company’s most recent earnings, he noted that people’s savings are up in comparison to this time last year — but the “extra money … in their checking accounts will deplete probably by sometime mid-year next year.”


See what else 10 top CEOs are saying about 2023.

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