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JPMorgan boss warns US facing most severe risks since World War II

Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The chief of America’s largest bank, JPMorgan Chase, has issued a warning about the serious dangers that the United States is currently facing due to escalating global geopolitical tensions and the deepening political polarization within the nation.

In the yearly shareholder letter released on Monday, Jamie Dimon highlighted significant government spending, federal reserve's balance sheet reduction efforts, the Ukraine conflict, and the Israeli genocidal war as factors contributing to a potentially risky environment that could surpass anything seen since World War II.

“America’s global leadership role is being challenged outside by other nations and inside by our polarized electorate,” the sexagenarian banker wrote.

“We need to find ways to put aside our differences and work in partnership with other Western nations in the name of democracy. During this time of great crises, uniting to protect our essential freedoms, including free enterprise, is paramount,” he urged.

There is “a growing need for increased spending as we continue transitioning to a greener economy, restructuring global supply chains, boosting military expenditure and battling rising healthcare costs,” he further added.

Dimon expressed less optimism compared to the general market sentiment regarding the likelihood of the US economy achieving a "soft landing," characterized by "modest growth along with declining inflation and interest rates."

Despite investors estimating a "70% to 80%" likelihood of a soft landing, Dimon believes the probability of this favorable outcome is significantly lower.

He expressed specific worries regarding the ongoing high levels of spending and rising deficits by the US government as well as other nations, along with the necessity for countries like the US to increase military presence and further develop sustainable infrastructure.

These factors are anticipated to contribute to inflation rates exceeding investors' expectations, he said.

"These significant and somewhat unprecedented forces cause us to remain cautious," the multinational financial institution’s boss said.

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