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Paul Tudor Jones concerned U.S. is in ‘untenable fiscal position’ as it faces greatest challenges since WWII Paul Tudor Jones concerned U.S. is in ‘untenable fiscal position’ as it faces greatest challenges since WWII

Paul Tudor Jones concerned U.S. is in ‘untenable fiscal position’ as it faces greatest challenges since WWII

In an interview with CNBCโ€™s Squawk Box, Jones expressed bearish sentiment on U.S. equities and a preference for gold or Bitcoin at present.

Paul Tudor Jones concerned U.S. is in ‘untenable fiscal position’ as it faces greatest challenges since WWII

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Paul Tudor Jones, the billionaire hedge fund manager and founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, has voiced significant concerns about the current state of the stock market.

In an interview with CNBCโ€™s Squawk Box, Jones drew attention to escalating geopolitical risks and a deteriorating US fiscal position:

โ€œItโ€™s a really challenging time to want to be an equity investor and in U.S. stocks right now. Youโ€™ve got the geopolitical uncertainty… the United States is probably in its weakest fiscal position since certainly World War II with debt-to-GDP at 122%.โ€

Best known for predicting the 1987 stock market crash and profiting from it, Jones said that the Israel-Hamas war has created a โ€œchallengingโ€ geopolitical environment. This, in turn, could create a significant risk-off environment that has the potential to drastically change the market landscape in the U.S.

When pressed for alternatives, Jones expressed a preference for gold and Bitcoin together, saying:

“I think they probably take on a larger percentage of your portfolio than historically they would because weโ€™re going to go through both a challenging political time here in the United States, and weโ€™re going to go through — weโ€™ve obviously got a geopolitical situation.

He noted that he would personally wait for a resolution of the ongoing conflict before jumping into risk assets again.

โ€œFrom a personal standpoint, would I be investing in risk assets now and stocks until I saw what the resolution was with Israel, Iran?… Israel is going to respond in some way, shape or form. The determination of whether Iran was actually responsible is enormous because again, it has the possibility to really escalate into something terrible.โ€

Jones also noted that the rising interest rates in the U.S. have created a โ€œvicious circleโ€ where higher rates cause higher funding costs, which in turn causes higher debt issuance. This goes on to cause further bond liquidations, which causes higher rates, which then puts the U.S. in an โ€œuntenable fiscal position,โ€ he said in the interview.

While not directly referencing cryptocurrencies, Jonesโ€™ stance hints at the potential shift of institutional investors toward diversified portfolios that might include digital assets.

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