|An Ocean Of Cash|
Take for instance that cash rich Apple just floated a massive bond. It was recently reported that Apple Inc. sold the largest corporate-bond deal in history with a $17 billion offering that investors hungrily gobbled up. Apple said earlier this month it would borrow cash as part of a plan to return $100 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015. Apple has a huge cash stockpile, but much of its money is overseas. Raising cash at super low rates in the bond market helps Apple avoid the big tax bill that would hit if the company brought its cash back to the U.S., executives said last week.
If this is about buying back stock, then it is less about their business model, or producing and selling products, but more about some weird investment scheme devised on their faith that they can take advantage of the low interest rates and benefit from tax games. Sadly many businesses and individuals are becoming more involved in these types of activities, another word often used to describe such action is speculation. When people look back at Japan and how it has preformed over the last several decades they see little growth, this is a result of overdoing things and the bursting of a unsustainable bubble.
The velocity of money is a term in reference as to how fast it moves about, recently velocity has been slowing. If it suddenly takes off watch out, it could herald a massive wave of new inflation and rampant speculation.. Just as important is where this money goes or flows. It would be wise to look forward and take a more practical long term approach to making the economy work, band-aid upon band-aid is not a solution. Debt and the faith people have in their currency and their future does matter. At some point the present and the future intersect, it is not just about the deficits of today but the promises you make coming due and how they effect the financial landscape.
Footnote; Much has been made about the "good job numbers', but they really are not that great,