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The dangers of financialization

Robert Johnson interviewing Rana Foroohar (originally published by Institute for New Economic Thinking) – Time magazine assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar’s book Makers and Takers sounds an important note of warning on the dangers of financialization of the U.S. economy. She reveals that the financial system no longer funds new ideas and projects… [Cross-posted from Institute for New […]

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Stock buybacks can be a harmful ‘sugar high’

By Mickey Kim (originally published by Indianapolis Business Journal) - CEOs are routinely bashed for their outsized pay, but companies are under intense pressure from Wall Street to produce steady, predictable gains in earnings per share every calendar quarter (i.e. 13 weeks). Pity the poor CEO who becomes the target of an “activist” investor who might […]

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How companies use their cash: The buyback

By Phyllis Furman (originally published by The Alert Investor) – Companies, like people, have to make decisions about how they will invest their money. In recent years, they’ve increasingly used their cash to gobble up their own stock. Like dividends, share repurchase, or buyback, programs are a way for companies to return cash to shareholders. […]

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Hillary Clinton to call for more transparency in stock buybacks

By Jonathan Allen (originally published by Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will criticize the surge in public companies using profits to buy back stocks in a speech she is due to give on Friday, her campaign said, arguing the practice comes at the expense of long-term investment…. [Cross-posted from Reuters publication of July 23, 2015 […]

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Pushing back on ‘quarterly capitalism’ and incentivizing more investment

By Jared Bernstein (originally published by On The Economy) – Interesting news out of the HRC campaign yesterday. They’re considering tweaking the capital gains tax rate schedule to incent more patient holdings and push back on what they call “quarterly capitalism.”… [Cross-posted from On The Economy publication of July 21, 2015 at http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/pushing-back-on-quarterly-capitalism-and-incentivizing-more-investment/]

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OECD: Activist shareholders are bad for investment

By J. W. Mason (originally published by The Slack Wire) - The OECD has just released its new Business and Finance Outlook for 2015. A lot of interesting stuff there. We’ll want to take a closer look at the discussion of the problems that low interest rates pose for pension funds and insurance companies… [Cross-posted from The Slack […]

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