The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act encouraged the repatriation of profits, which had been subject to additional U.S. levies after it was brought home.
In the first quarter alone, multinational enterprises brought home about $300 billion of the $1 trillion held abroad, according to a recent Federal Reserve study. A good chunk of that repatriated money went to share repurchases — for the top 15 cash holders, some $55 billion was used on buybacks, more than double the $23 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
The repatriated cash is highly unlikely to create many jobs. Most of it will eventually go to buybacks and dividends.
Goldman Sachs expects that the total buybacks from all companies in 2018 could exceed $1 trillion.
There's Nothing like throwing $1 trillion into an already insanely overvalued market.
Corporations apparently have nothing better to do with the cash. Executive stock options, not shareholder interests, are in play.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock