Elon Musk Discusses U.S. Recession
Tesla and Spacex CEO Elon Musk shared his thoughts on the U.S. economy and the upcoming recession in a series of tweets Thursday.
Responding to a question about whether “we’re approaching a recession,” he answered: “Yes.” However, Musk noted, “this is actually a good thing.”
The Tesla boss explained that “It has been raining money on fools for too long,” stressing that “some bankruptcies need to happen.” He elaborated: “All the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!”
His recession tweet followed a statement he made last week, stating that the U.S. economy is “probably” in a recession. He warned that things “will get worse,” and estimated that the recession could last 12 to 18 months.
“The honest reason for inflation is that the government printed a zillion more money than it had,” Musk further commented.
A growing number of investment banks have warned about a recession. Goldman Sachs Senior Chairman and former CEO Lloyd Blankfein recently said we are heading towards a recession, advising companies and individuals to prepare for it.
In addition, Blackrock, the world’s largest asset manager, cautioned in a research note this week that the Federal Reserve’s efforts to increase interest rates to offset record inflation may trigger a recession. “If they hike interest rates too much, they risk triggering a recession. If they tighten not enough, the risk becomes runaway inflation. It’s tough to see a perfect outcome,” Blackrock detailed.