How Firms Will Spend Their Cash In 2016Rupert Hargreaves
S&P 500 firms are sitting on a record amount of cash. Cash balances total $1.5 trillion (excluding financials), which works out as 11% of total assets. And according to Goldman Sachs, S&P 500 firms will spend a total of $2.2 trillion in cash during 2016, allocating 54% to growth spending and 46% to shareholder returns.
All in all, S&P 500 cash use will increase by a modest 5% during 2016, with spending on investments growing by 3% and returns to shareholders . . .
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