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Slim chance of US slipping back into recession: Buffett

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:57

Washington: The possibility of the US economy sliding back to recession is very small despite the fragile economic recovery, US billionaire investor Warren Buffett said here.

The US economy would not slip back into recession unless events in Europe get out of control and the spillover effects hit the world's largest economy, Buffett said Tuesday at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington, reported Xinhua.

The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. called the ongoing eurozone debt crisis the "big question" for the global economy.

Buffett stressed that the US must make its fiscal house in order by increasing tax revenue and slashing spending, adding that he supports raising income tax and capital gains tax rates to balance the federal government's budget.

Buffett has famously said that he paid at a lower tax rate than his secretary. The Obama administration has been touting the importance of so-called "Buffett Rule" that millionaires should share the burden of mounting government fiscal pressure.

Nearly one-quarter of all US millionaires pay a lower tax rate than millions of middle-income taxpayers currently, figures from the White House showed.

On the spending side, the US federal government has registered a budget deficit surpassing USD 1 trillion for three consecutive years.


First Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:57
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