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Stock buybacks surge as markets fall

By Rupert Hargreaves (originally published by ValueWalk) - Stock Buybacks are surging even as markets fall; maybe some managements do actually know what they’re doing. According to a note from Goldman Sachs’ Corporate Trading Desk, the bank’s corporate buyback trading desk is seeing an uptick in buyback activity as more companies enter their open window and engage in discretionary […]

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Stock buybacks: Innovation boon or middle-class doom?

By Andrew Soergel (originally published by US News & World Report) – U.S. companies’ cash reserves have skyrocketed in recent years, thanks in part to near-zero interest rates keeping capital expenses and corporate expansions more affordable since the Great Recession. These excess funds could theoretically be used to ramp up production, pay back loyal employees […]

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What Apple’s gargantuan cash giveaway really means

By Rana Foroohar (originally published by Time) - Apple’s announcement today that it would increase its dividend 10.6% and give out the biggest chunk of cash to shareholders in history—$200 billion of capital will be returned to investors through March 2017—means one thing and one thing only. The market has topped…. [Cross-posted from Time publication of […]

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How the stock market destroyed the middle class

By Rex Nutting (originally published by MarketWatch) – There’s something seriously wrong with an economy that nurtures a few billionaires but can’t sustain the middle class. Many factors have been blamed for the plummeting fortunes of the American middle class: globalization, technology, deregulation, easy credit, the winner-take-all economy, and even the inevitable tide of history. […]

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Stock buybacks are shrinking the middle class?

Chris Tomlinson (originally published by Houston Chronicle) - Shareholders cheer when they learn that a corporation they’ve invested in plans to buy back stock because it usually means higher share values. Activist investors have pressed many companies to move away from paying dividends and instead reward investors through stock buyback programs…. [Cross-posted from Houston Chronicle publication of […]

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Profits without honor: The sad truth about CEO compensation

By Frank Islam and Ed Crego (originally published by The Huffington Post) – “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”(Mark 8:36). The answer: In terms of CEO compensation at major American businesses in the 21st century, everything…. [Cross-posted from The Huffington Post publication […]

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Velveeta and the one percent

By Marc Johnson (originally published by The Johnson Post) – The steady demise of the middle class in America offers many story lines. Velveeta, that awesomely yellowy imitation cheese-like substance, is just one…. [Cross-posted from Many Things Considered (formerly The Johnson Post) publication of February 6, 2015 at http://manythingsconsidered.com/velveeta-and-the-1-percent/]

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