Jaime Dimon: The US Economy Looks Pretty Good
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Jaime Dimon: The US Economy Looks Pretty Good

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JPMorgan reported fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday thatcrushed expectations and set a high bar for the rest of Wall Street.

On a conference call with analysts following the release, the bank's CEO, Jamie Dimon, sounded pretty optimistic about the state of the US economy.

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Much of the call was spent discussing the energy sector. JPMorgan upped reserves on loans to the oil and gas and metals and mining sectors in the quarter.

Dimon was also asked if the firm was seeing stress outside the energy sector. 

"We're not seeing anything broadly in our portfolio," he said. 

When he looks at the firm's credit-card, commercial-bank, middle-market-banking businesses, he said, "it is as good as it's ever been."

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"We're not forecasting a recession — I think the US economy looks pretty good at this point," he continued.

Dimon was then asked why there was a mismatch between the market volatility of late and his view on the US economy.

He said the US economy has been "chugging along" for years and created millions of jobs. He noted that corporate credit is "quite good," small-business formation "is not back to where it was, but it's quite good," and household formation "is going up."

Asked about recent turmoil in the markets, Dimon said that while those in the finance industry look at market turmoil every day, it was unlikely that "143 million Americans who have jobs look at it that much."

"Hopefully this will all settle down, and it won't be the beginning of something really bad," he said.

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