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Companies plan to pour even more cash into buybacks, dividends in 2022

Companies in the S&P 500 held $3.78 trillion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter, up from $3.41 trillion a year before and $2.19 trillion from the 2019 period  (Photo: iStock)Premium
Companies in the S&P 500 held $3.78 trillion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the third quarter, up from $3.41 trillion a year before and $2.19 trillion from the 2019 period  (Photo: iStock)
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After a blowout year, finance executives plan to go on rewarding their shareholders, and see little chance of a slower economy or a tax rise denting the momentum

Sitting atop a haul of strong earnings, companies are planning to spend even more in 2022 on share buybacks and dividends, a trend finance executives don’t expect to slow despite a proposed 1% excise tax on repurchases.

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