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Elon Musk Says Recession Could Last 12 to 18 Months, But 'Actually a Good Thing'

Stock Markets May 27, 2022 10:48AM ET
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© Reuters. Elon Musk Says Recession Could Last 12 to 18 Months, But 'Actually a Good Thing'

By Sam Boughedda

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk stated late Thursday that we're approaching a recession, "but it is actually a good thing."

In a Twitter thread, a user asked Musk if he still thinks we are approaching a recession, to which he replied, "Yes, but this is actually a good thing. It has been raining money on fools for too long. Some bankruptcies need to happen."

"Also, all the Covid stay-at-home stuff has tricked people into thinking that you don’t actually need to work hard. Rude awakening inbound!" he added.

The Covid pandemic accelerated the shift to more people working from home, while during lockdowns companies and individuals received stimulus payments.

Following his comments, another user asked Musk, who has a deal in place to acquire Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), how long he thinks the recession will last, to which he replied about 12 to 18 months based on past experience, adding "companies that are inherently negative cash flow (ie value destroyers) need to die, so that they stop consuming resources."

Elon Musk Says Recession Could Last 12 to 18 Months, But 'Actually a Good Thing'
 

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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 27, 2022 11:54AM ET
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"Yes, but this is actually a good thing. It has been raining money on fools for too long. Some bankruptcies need to happen."  -- you mean like when Wall Street somehow valued a car company that never made money above $1 trillion?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 27, 2022 11:54AM ET
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i meant to say never made money until last year
Francis Dagostino
Francis Dagostino May 27, 2022 11:54AM ET
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Tre Hsi  don`t like Mr Musk, so don`buy Tesla shares and twitter.   Something else.....?
Picaso Fish
Picaso_Fish May 27, 2022 11:32AM ET
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maybe it's an good time to sell your tsla stock and buy twitter. Wait... oh wait, maybe we shouldn't be buying high pe marketing stocks at the start of an recession??
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Picaso_Fish May 27, 2022 11:27AM ET
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umm tsla, is negative cash flow after Elon's payout.
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Picaso_Fish May 27, 2022 11:27AM ET
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laughing, companies that have negative cash flows such as Tsla need to die. Umm, Elon after the 21.6? billion you were just paid Tsla has no earnings and is negative cash flow.
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Picaso_Fish May 27, 2022 11:27AM ET
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if it's about future earnings, then shouldn't we be concerned about future payouts larger then the future earnings? Why or why not??
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Edward Chong May 27, 2022 11:24AM ET
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i really admire people who listen to his stories.
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