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Wall Street Journal (February 7)

2024/ 02/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Luxury retailers, flush with cash, are spending big on real estate in the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping corridors” including New York’s Fifth Avenue, Avenue Montaigne in Paris, and London’s New Bond Street. The “shopping spree shows that retailers are using their considerable cash to free themselves from the control of landlords and plant their flags on streets where they want a long-term presence.”


Wall Street Journal (November 27)

2023/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

“So far there are signs that U.S. shoppers are shelling out cash on gifts and other items. More shoppers visited stores and online spending grew on Black Friday this year compared with last year.” For many retailers, however, the rub is that “consumers are shifting away from store credit cards,” which had “been a lucrative source of revenue for retailers…. But the stream is drying up.”


Institutional Investor (May 18)

2023/ 05/ 20 by jd in Global News

“In an effort to raise much-needed cash, more private companies are spinning off non-core businesses. And private equity firms are eagerly buying. Forty-nine percent of corporate M&A professionals at private companies say they are likely to spin off a non-core division in 2023,” forty percent expect “to sell one to two businesses this year, while 7.5 percent say they are likely to pursue three to four divestitures.”


Seeking Alpha (May 7)

2023/ 05/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Berkshire Hathaway holds $130 billion in cash. That is over 18% of the company’s market cap. Clearly, management is not confident in the near term outlook of U.S. equity markets” in light of “the increasing preponderance of data that supports lower growth and lower earnings. The U.S. has certainly experienced an incredible period of growth and profits over the last 3 years. That phase is coming to an end.”


Bloomberg (May 24)

2022/ 05/ 24 by jd in Global News

“For decades, the surest way for ordinary Chinese families to grow their wealth and guarantee future financial stability was to put most of their money into real estate, and the rest into the stock market. Now, even those with money to spare are clutching onto their cash, not willing to take a chance in the Covid-battered Chinese economy.”


Wall Street Journal (April 26)

2022/ 04/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Worries about the war in Ukraine, China’s Covid-19 outbreak, a U.S. or European recession and surging global inflation are making a long-spurned asset increasingly popular with Wall Street’s top money managers these days: cash.” Increasingly asset managers “are looking to move funds into low-risk, cash-like assets. That marks a shift from recent years, when steadily climbing equity indexes trained investors to buy every dip and not miss out on gains by holding cash.”


Institutional Investor (December 14)

2021/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Investors are proceeding with caution as central banks move to rein in inflation. Expectations of more aggressive monetary policy have prompted investors to adopt more defensive asset allocation strategies…. In addition to piling into cash, investors have also adopted more defensive positioning by overweighting healthcare stocks and underweighting assets that are exposed to interest rate hikes.”


Institutional Investor (August 23)

2021/ 08/ 24 by jd in Global News

“With an influx of cash from nontraditional investors, average late-stage valuations could hit $1 billion this year, according to PitchBook,” which attributed the surge in “valuation growth to a positive economic outlook and cash influx from nontraditional investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and corporate venture capitalists.”


Financial Times (June 6)

2021/ 06/ 07 by jd in Global News

“The Japanese AGM season will provide rapidly digestible evidence of three things: how empowered activists feel, how awkward the big institutions feel about backing them, and how threatened managements feel by both of those.” The results are unlikely to show real change. “Despite the appearance of change, half of Japanese stocks still trade below book value and carry not just a record value of cash as a proportion of equity, but the largest such ratio in developed markets.”


New York Times (April 28)

2021/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

“California is awash in cash, thanks to a booming market. In a single year, the state’s financial outlook has gone from surplus to deficit to surplus as capital gains tax collections have risen amid a soaring stock market and I.P.O. boom.” At the worst, the state “anticipated a $54 billion shortfall,” but it now expects a $15 billion surplus in the fiscal year that starts July 1.


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