While talking about the possibility of a recession, Bezos, who sat down alongside his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, claimed that there are high probabilities that if the US isn’t already in a recession at the moment, it is likely to be in one very soon.
Talking about the current state of the global economy, Bezos said, “What I can tell you is the economy does not look great right now.” Addressing the ongoing layoffs in several sectors, Bezos told Melas, “Things are slowing down. You’re seeing layoffs in many, many sectors of the economy. People are slowing down.”
To be prepared for foreseen US recession, the Amazon Founder advised consumers to “slow down” and postpone making any big purchases such as buying new homes, cars, television sets, home appliances and more. This advice was given in light of the fact that household debt has gone up to a whopping $16.5 trillion in the US, leaving a majority of Americans to rely on credit to make such purchases or even make ends meet.
At the same time, Bezos also advised individuals as well as small business owners to “take some risk off the table”. Bezos suggested that small business owners should refrain from making capital purchases, or buying any new appliances or pieces of equipment at the moment. Instead, Bezos’ advice to the Americans is, “hold onto your money, and see what transpires.”
The e-commerce giant founder also urged people to keep some “dry powder” in hand, in case they’re forced to deal with an eventual economic downturn leading to the US recession. In his words, “Just a little bit of risk reduction could make the difference.”
In this interview, Bezos also told Melas that he plans to give away a majority of his wealth during his lifetime.