Morning Coffee: Jamie Dimon stalks partying JPMorgan employees on Instagram. The coming capital gains tax revolution
If you work for JPMorgan, and you're in the habit if posting images of yourself partying or drinking or sunbathing or eating inappropriately large amounts of food on Instagram and then calling in sick for work, beware. The same applies if you're a JPMorgan employee resisting the return to the office for 'health reasons.' CEO Jamie Dimon is possibly watching you.
Business Insider reports that Dimon has a secret Instagram account which is not under his own name. Among other things, he seems to use it to check the veracity of JPMorgan employees' claims that they contracted COVID in the office. "A lot of people say, 'I'm not going to go back to work.' Look at their Instagrams," Dimon said in a webinar with Kristin Lemkau, CEO of the bank's U.S. wealth management arm. "They didn't get sick from coming into the office. They got sick partying."
What is Dimon's secret Instagram handle? He's clearly not saying, but determined detectives might be able to work it out. Dimon's daughter, Laura, is on Instagram, as is his daughter Julia and they both have unlocked accounts. It seems likely that secret Dimon is either following or being followed by them both. Equally, Jamie Dimon said that even though his account is secret, Instagram seems to know who he is and keeps suggesting that he follow various friends and colleagues. - So if you work for JPMorgan and know the CEO reasonably well, the mysterious Instagram account you keep being recommended may well be him.
Separately, a tax revolution is coming to the America and may arrive in other countries thereafter. Alongside his plan to increase income taxes for families earning more than $400k, Joe Biden is reportedly planning to increase capital gains tax rates for those earning over $1m to 39.6% from the current 20%. When an existing surcharge on investment income is added, federal tax rates for people earning seven figures could be as high as 43.4%. Private equity professionals will be weeping silently into their breakfast cereal this morning. In a comment on the Financial Times' article on the subject, one Chinese readers notes that there's no capital gains tax in his home country and that healthcare is also pretty much free of charge there....
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