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Cash Levels at Companies Across Asia

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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.

Today, I’ll look into how much cash is held at companies in various countries across Asia. The data is a bottom-up aggregate of 17,700 companies worldwide and includes 4,700 Asian companies.

Companies in Asia have always kept lots of cash

Why is this useful?

One of the most common mistakes when valuing companies is the excessive build-up of cash in forecasted years. Understanding average cash levels of companies in various countries can be used as a guide.

An even more relevant measure is cash at companies in a particular sector, within a certain country, a subject I will cover in another piece of research.

Taiwanese companies have the most cash, New Zealand and Australia companies have least

Cash levels of markets in Asia based on stage of development of market


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