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Elizabeth Warren Soak-the-Rich Tax Plan Would Slash S&P 500 Earnings, Experts Say

As Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) emerges as a genuine frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, voices on Wall Street have cautioned against some of the tax hikes she proposes, suggesting their implementation could lead to a significant stock market reversal.

A report by Business Insider quotes industry leaders saying that rollbacks of Trump Administration tax cuts could reduce the banks earnings per share estimates by 11 percent. According to David Kostin, Goldman Sachs U.S. Chief Equity Strategist, “Increasing the effective tax rate by eight percentage points from 18 percent back to 26 percent would reduce our 2021 S&P 500 earnings per share estimate by $21 (11 percent) to $164, assuming the legislation applies retroactively to the start of 2021.”

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Warren has come under increasing pressure to account for how she proposes to pay for her $52 trillion Medicare-for-all plan, and announced Friday that she would be prepared to combat tax evasion, tax the financial sector, large corporations and the top 1 percent of households, reform immigration and cut defense spending. It is likely the taxes on finance companies, corporations and her proposed wealth tax (including capital gains taxation) are likely to be of most interest on Wall Street.

Warren also doubled her call for a tax on the net worth of billionaires from 3 percent to 6 percent on every dollar of net worth above $1 billion.

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein expressed his worry that a Warren administration could radically alter Americas economy.

Blankfein told CNNs Poppy Harlow that Warren “probably thinks more of cataclysmic change to the economic system as opposed to tinkering,” and this although Americas economy remains the “envy of the world.”

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A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 16, 2013. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Warren has proposed the imposition of a wealth tax on Americas richest individuals, a ban on fracking, and the breaking up of large corporations such as FaceRead More – Source

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