CNBC reports corporate cash as being up around 3.7 Trillion....which is an awfully high and questionable number, but the questions the article raises are good ones nonetheless: What are corporates going to do with this casha dn when are they going to start drawing it down significantly. The answer seems to be that long term expenditures (capex, hiring, M&A, etc.) will continue to be cautious & pragmatic for some time. The FT.com article then points out that "From a flows perspective, capital expenditures are being surpassed by internally generated cash flows at a quarterly annualized rate of ~$200 billion. Thus, companies are still adding significantly to their $1.9 trillion cash mountain."
So, with capital outlays continuing at a measured pace which is surpassed by cash flows, FT.Com rightly states: "Whatever happens, that is still an awful lot of liquidity in search of investable ideas"
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