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Buffett, Dimon say quarterly profit forecasts harming economy

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Dimon, who appeared in a joint CNBC interview with Berkshire Hathaway chief executive and billionaire business magnate Warren Buffett, has in the past been very sceptical of the crypto, labelling it a "fraud" in September previous year.

In the op-ed, Dimon and Buffett said the pressure to meet short-term earnings estimates has contributed to a drop in the number of public companies in the U.S. in the past two decades.

Buffett, who is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N), and Dimon wrote in a Wall Street Journal column on Thursday that the pressure to meet short-term estimates has contributed to a fall in the number of US public companies.

So they should stop the forecasting, the two men said.

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Companies often hold back spending on technology, hiring, and research and development to meet quarterly earnings guidance that may be affected by factors outside the company's control, the business leaders wrote.

Buffett and Dimon also blamed the practice for contributing to the decline in the number of public companies in the US over the past 20 years. "Short-term-oriented capital markets have discouraged companies with a longer-term view from going public at all, depriving the economy of innovation and opportunity", they said.

Dimon said the Business Rountable has been quite clear that it doesn't think tariffs are the way to do it. "Public guidance was the fix for many companies".

In a CNBC "Squawk Box" program interview and an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Buffett and Dimon said quarterly forecasts, known on Wall Street as "guidance", take up management's time and lead to decisions that don't benefit companies or their shareholders. In an interview earlier today on CNBC, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon told viewers to "beware" of bitcoin.

Dimon said Thursday that about 20 percent of Business Roundtable members still do quarterly guidance and about 60 percent provide annual targets.

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