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 a year ago.

Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon have teamed up to once again call for the end to quarterly earnings guidance by companies.

Buffett, who runs Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., said in a joint Wall Street Journal editorial that they are encouraging all public companies to consider moving away the practice, arguing that it can stifle long-term investments.

Meanwhile, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger told FOX Business' Liz Claman last month that bitcoin was "more expensive rat poison", after previously comparing it to the deadly chemical five years ago.

It is a long-simmering debate but one that has gotten more attention in an era when activist investors are more vocal about pushing companies to deliver on their promises.

"Reducing or even eliminating quarterly earnings guidance won't, by itself, eliminate all short-term performance pressures that US public companies now face, but it would be a step in the right direction", Dimon and Buffett wrote. "Such short-termism is unhealthy for America's public companies and financial markets - which are critical to economic growth and financial prosperity", Business Roundtable said in a statement.

However, companies that are in favor of issuing guidance say that it improves communications with Wall Street, lowers share price volatility and results in higher valuations.

Dimon, Buffett and BlackRock Inc.'s Laurence D. Fink urged companies in 2016 to refrain from short-term earnings forecasts in a letter and report with other financial industry executives. Public companies owe it to all of them to get this right, they said. While the companies didn't give much detail at the time, the announcement prompted broad speculation and unease among investors, sending shares lower for health-system companies including insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers.

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