Miscellaneous Quotes from week to 16th December

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Bill Gates on CNBC

On the Fed

“well, if you’ve got this anticipation at such high levels, that’s already going to be priced into stocks. It’s whether the fed starts raising interest rates in a way that people are not expecting. And you could always through the bond market kind of look and see what that expectation is of how many rate increases there will be over the next…If they go up to six, then you would see some – the market come down somewhat.”

Pepsi (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi on Yahoo Finance

More than just a Tweet

“A lot of what should have been said during the election I don’t think was said. Because I think we had the politics trump the issues, pardon the pun…I think the real issues that face us as a country weren’t talked about, the reason being that if the real issues were put on the table we would have had to engage in a serious discussion. I don’t think we are ready for serious discussions. The real issues don’t lend themselves to [140] characters, the real issues don’t lend themselves to sound bites on television.”

Life has to go on after the elections

“I think that the first thing that we have to do is to assure everyone living in the United States will be safe. Nothing has changed because of this election. What we heard was election talk and we will all come together and unify as a country. So, the process of democracy happened. We just have to let life go on.”

Caution against protectionism as it can be retaliatory

“Because we fly the American flag, because we are domiciled in the United States, we are a beneficiary or victim of America’s foreign policy and position in the world. And therefore, wherever we go, the first thing they talk to us is about the United States. What I worry about is that there might be discrimination against American companies overseas, if there is protectionism in the United States,”

She hopes talk is different from action

“I´m sincerely hoping based on the talk we heard from our president-elect the day after the election, that what we’ve heard before the election and what we are seeing in action are quite different, and that it’s much more measured and it’s more sensitive to the trade deals that we have already and that we want to build this country the right way going forward not necessarily retreat into, you know, isolationism or whatever.”