US economy seeing a ‘mitigation’ in growth not a slowdown, says Bank of America CEO

Bank of America CEO: Seeing a 'mitigation' of growth, not a slowdown

The U.S. economy is experiencing a “mitigation of growth” however not a slowdown, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan stated Friday.

Interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve are beginning to be felt in the housing and auto markets, and renters will see their budgets squeezed as landlords move on greater prices, he informed CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.” But he harassed that client spending stays sturdy.

“If you raise rates and slow down the economy to fight inflation, the expectation is you have a slowdown in consumer spending. It hasn’t happened yet. So it could happen, but it hasn’t happened yet,” Moynihan stated.

“You’re seeing a mitigation of the rate of growth, not a slowdown. Not negative growth.”

Bank of America expects the Fed to hike charges by 75 foundation factors and 50 foundation factors at its two remaining conferences this year, adopted by two 25 foundation level hikes subsequent year.

That will take the funds rate to round 5% and the Fed can then “let it work,” Moynihan stated.

The present rate of 3%-3.25% is the best it has been since early 2008 and follows three 75-basis-point rises in a bid to fight inflation, which was operating at 8.2% on an annual foundation in September.

Economists, politicians and business leaders are break up on whether or not the U.S. economy is heading for a recession or is already in one. U.S. gross home product grew for the primary time this year in the third quarter, increasing at a higher-than-expected 2.6% yearly.

JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon informed CNBC he expects a recession in six to 9 months given quantitative tightening and the unknown affect of Russia’s battle in Ukraine.

Watch CNBC's full interview with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan

But for now, customers nonetheless have sturdy credit score, unemployment is low, wage growth is powerful, and companies are in fine condition with sturdy underlying credit score — even when growth and earnings are slowing, Moynihan stated. However he did concede there have been dangers from unexpected occasions with “low probability and high impact.”

“You don’t see those risks evidencing in behavior change of companies and consumers yet. People aren’t laying off massive amounts of people, they’re not hiring as many,” he stated.

Asked whether or not the company credit score market was flashing any warning indicators, he stated: “I would not confuse credit risk with pricing risk.”

“Growth and earnings may be slowing down, again because the economy recovered very fast and had major growth that flattens out a little bit. If you see negative GDP prints, of course corporate earnings might slow down,” he added.

“But on the other hand they’re still making money, the margins are still holding … the underlying credit, the underlying structure of the credit, the underlying credit quality is very strong.”

Energy exports

Moynihan stated Europe may see a recession early-to-mid subsequent year earlier than “coming back out the other side,” with the battle in Ukraine and power disaster dangers on the horizon.

“But right now you don’t see the conditions because the employment’s strong, the underlying activity’s strong, the amount of stimulus that was put in is still in the markets that people don’t see it as a deep recession.”

He added: “The energy question is much different than the U.S. The good news is the U.S. is a big economy, if we can get the energy to Europe, for the people to heat their homes and industry to run, that would be a good thing. And I know all the companies are working on it, because I talk to them about it.”

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