Bill McDermott was the chief executive who offered his prognosis of the economy and the future of tech stocks — and overall, his take was surprisingly bullish. While he acknowledged the challenges concerning the war in Europe and the resulting high cost of energy, he cited technology as the solution. “This doesn’t fundamentally change the narrative that tech is the only way to cut through the crosswinds,” McDermott told Jim Cramer during an appearance on CNBC’s Mad Money.
McDermott’s views weren’t all wine and roses, noting that inflation is at 41-year highs, interest rates are rising, and the dollar is the strongest it’s been in more than 20 years. When the dollar is strong, goods and services are more expensive in foreign currencies, thereby reducing demand in international markets. Given those challenges, McDermott said, “The mood is not great.”
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