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Info Tech Companies Have Massive Amounts of Cash

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Over the last few weeks, we have been considering the causes of the rising cash levels at US companies. First, I looked at what academia had to say about it and then realized that the question asked was the wrong one. After that, I looked into how much cash is held at companies in various regions around the world.

Today, I’ll look into how much cash is held at companies in various sectors around the world.

Company Cash Levels by Sector

Changes in Cash Levels by Global Sectors

Consider sectors across the world from the late 90s (average from 1995 to 2001) to the last seven years (average from 2009 to 2016).

Sectors with small changes

  • Energy moved only from 5.4% to 5.8%
  • Health Care from 15.2% to 14.1%

Sectors with large changes

  • Telecommunication Services from 5.1% to 7.9%
  • Utilities from 2.7% to 5.4%

Changes in Cash Levels by US Sectors

Consider sectors across the world from the late 90s (average from 1995 to 2001) to the last seven years (average from 2009 to 2016).

Sectors with small changes

  • Real Estate from 5.4% to 5.7%
  • Utilities from 1.5% to 1.7%

Sectors with large changes

  • Consumer Discretionary from 4.0% to 9.5%
  • Materials from 3.4% to 8.1%

Extremely High Cash Levels

High Cash Levels

Low Cash Levels


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