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Buybacks and dividends

By Mark Whitehouse (originally published by Bloomberg) - Picture yourself as the CEO of a big, publicly traded company. You want to keep your shareholders happy and justify a big bonus for yourself… [Cross-posted from Bloomberg publication of December 20, 2017 at https://www.bloombergquint.com/quicktakes/2017/12/19/buybacks-dividends]

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The economy and the Conservative manifesto: Economic ideology in a time warp

By Abby Innes (Originally published by LSE Blogs) - Abby Innes offers the second in a short series of articles on the political economy of the manifesto. Here she considers how the party’s economic strategy is made up of incompatible ideas and paradoxes…. [Cross-posted from LSE Blogs publication of May 26, 2017 at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/the-economy-and-the-conservative-manifesto/]

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Capitalism’s creation myth revisited

By Greg Langley and James Tulloch (originally published by Project M) – In 1942, amid the chaos of the second world war, in his book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, the Austrian economist and Harvard scholar Joseph Schumpeter dismantled economic orthodoxy. Capitalism is not a stable system guided by an invisible hand allocating resources, he observed, but a “perennial gale […]

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Shark attack: Pharmaceutical industry’s feeding frenzy

By The Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy (originally published by The Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy) - Throughout the series of briefs we have seen how pharmaceutical companies charge high drug prices1, enabling these companies to realize enormous profits.2 Through patents3 as well mergers and acquisitions4 they have created a market structure that allows them […]

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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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Theresa May is right: Workers on business boards can help shares

By Caleb Melby (originally published from Bloomberg) –  Giving board seats to employees familiar with factory floors can help businesses beat the market, sometimes by huge margins. That’s the finding in a Bloomberg review of countries where worker-directors are common but not required by law. Indexes of companies with employees on their boards in Norway, […]

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How MBA programs drive inequality

By Lynn Parramore (originally published by The Huffington Post) - Over the last several decades, American business executives have made decisions that have exacerbated the inequality that chokes prosperity for the country. They have misallocated resources and they have awarded themselves mind-boggling compensation packages while workers have suffered stagnant wages and increasing job insecurity. The stats […]

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Wall Street’ new drug is the stock buyback

By Wallace Witkowski (originally published by MarketWatch) – With the Federal Reserve’s quantitative-easing program out of the picture, share buybacks are now the preferred way to boost stock prices in the face of softening earnings. But like QE, it is unclear how long the buyback boom can last… [Cross-posted from MarketWatch publication of July 21, 2015 […]

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Surprise! CEOs are getting rich by buying back stock

By Tyler Durden (originally published by Zero Hedge) – By now, there should be no doubt about who to thank for the record highs US stocks have put in this year. Investors should direct their appreciation first to the FOMC and second to corporate management teams, who stepped in to provide the all important “flow” […]

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