The live stream of Jamie Dimon’s address (watch below) at the NY Economic Club opens with the billionaire CEO of JP Morgan Chase pointing out a dearth of activity from American small business entrepreneurs over the last ten years since the Wall Street financial crisis:
“Small business formation is lower than it’s ever been in the United States in recovery. This recovery is ten years long, a little over 20 percent. It’s the most anemic recovery from a major recession we’ve ever had. It should have been 40 percent.”
Yeah, maybe because Wall Street financiers have been hogging up so much capital and credit since 2008 through massive federal subsidies.
Like the $700 billion Wall Street Bailout, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which Nancy Pelosi and George W. Bush teamed up to help pass.
Maybe it’s because last year the federal government raised taxes on upper-middle-class income earners by eliminating the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes.
That’s why House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had to walk back promises that the Republican tax bill wouldn’t increase taxes on any Americans.
And this ended up being a tax increase on a stratum of income earners that those small business entrepreneurs are aiming at sliding into with a successful small business.
Starting a small business and really making it into something that’s truly thriving involves taking risks and venturing time, and work, and money, and energy, toward the possibility of a big payoff.
But tax increases like this reduce the reward for taking all of those risks and succeeding by bringing something really valuable to the market. That’s stifling to entrepreneurship.
And meanwhile when Wall Street banks take exorbitant risks, if they don’t pay off, the finance industry gets a big bailout from the federal government on the back of a small business.
Maybe it’s because of the monetary brinksmanship of the Federal Reserve bank in expanding the Adjusted Monetary Base by a factor of nearly 5x from 2008 to 2015.
To lend all that new money to Wall Street banks at a discount.
A radical experiment with a nation’s money to put it in the most charitable terms. And what you see described in the graph above by the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is one of the major reasons why so much money has bailed out of institutional finance and into cryptocurrency.
Which has ironically driven the creation of many small businesses by enterprising cryptocurrency engineers and entrepreneurs. In 2017 cryptocurrency startups secured nearly a billion dollars in venture capital in 300 different deals.