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Is our focus on quarterly earnings hurting the U.S. economy

By Dwyer Gunn (originally published by Pacific Standard) - Last week, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, and Warren Buffett, the well-known value investor and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging public companies to “consider moving away from providing quarterly earnings-per-share guidance… [Cross-posted from Pacific Standard publication of June 12, […]

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Tim Cook’s ‘not even a quarter-baked’ justification for Apple’s $100 billion stockbuybacks has baffled some economists

By Kif Leswing (originally published by Business Insider) - Apple is about to embark on a record-breaking period of share buybacks. The iPhone maker is going to spend an additional $100 billion over a period of years to buy its own stock, a move that was made possible by tax reform legislation last December… [Cross-posted from Business Insider publication […]

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Apple says it will buy back $100 billion in stock

By Jack Nicas (originally published by The New York Times) - Since Apple said in January that it would bring back most of the $252 billion it held abroad under the new tax law, investors have wondered what the company would do with the enormous cash pile… [Cross-posted from The New York Times publication of May 1, 2018 at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/01/technology/apple-stock-buyback-earnings.html]

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Big 4 US banks driving lion’s share of industry buybacks

By Brian Cheung and Venkatesh Iyer (originally published by SNL Financial Extra) - The Big Four U.S. banks have fueled a stock buyback frenzy in recent years, despite facing the tightest regulatory capital constraints in the industry. Regulators and lawmakers are now considering loosening some of these capital controls, which could lead to even more share repurchases… […]

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Stop GEfrom goosing CEO pay through share buybacks

By James McRitchie (originally published by change.org) - According to last year’s proxy statement, a substantial proportion of executive compensation for 2016 was based on performance targets, including earnings per share (EPS)… [Cross-posted from change.org publication of April 2018 at https://www.change.org/p/general-electric-stop-ge-from-goosing-ceo-pay-through-share-buybacks]

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Recession on the horizon

By Martin Hart-Landsberg (originally published by Monthly Review Online) – According to Bloomberg News, analysts at a number of major financial institutions see “mounting evidence” that a recession is not too far away. In a way, their assessment is not surprising. The current expansion, which started in June 2009, is now 99 months long, making it the third […]

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A simple test to dispel the illusion behind stock buybacks

By Gretchen Morgenson (originally published by The New York Times) – Stock investors have had one sweet summer so far watching the markets edge higher. With the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index at record highs and nearing 2,200, what’s not to like? Here’s something. As shares climb, so too do the prices companies are paying […]

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How the SEC engineered every stock market bubble since 1982

By Daniel Drew (originally published by Zero Hedge) – Many Americans have discovered that those entrusted to protect us often become the most dangerous threats. Whether it’s corrupt cops, bogus journalists, or even Ponzi-scheming church elders, it’s not difficult to understand why trusting authorities has seemed like a risky proposition. Now, another institution deserves extra scrutiny… [Cross-posted from Zero […]

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