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AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®

October 2014 Results: A sign of budding optimism in economic conditions, U.S. businesses slowed the pace of cash accumulation growth during the third-quarter. This left short-term corporate cash balances at the end of the quarter smaller than what they were during same quarter a year earlier.

The October 2014 AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, quarterly metrics that track recent and anticipated changes in U.S. corporate cash balances, have the quarter-over-quarter index at +6, down six points from the July 2014 survey while the year-over-year indicator plummeted 31 points to -4. Survey participants report this cash has been used to increase capital expenditures, support merger & acquisition activity and fund share repurchases. Further, companies are primed to deploy more of their cash during the final three months of 2014 with the expected change of cash holdings indicator during the third quarter drops 13 points to a reading of +10.

About the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®

The AFP Corporate Cash Indicators® (AFP CCI™), underwritten by Capital One Bank, provide treasury and finance professionals, policymakers and market analysts with timely data on a determinant of economic activity: corporate cash levels. The AFP CCI™ is created and maintained by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), a professional society that serves corporate finance departments globally.

AFP’s research department began collecting quarterly data in January 2011. The January 2015 AFP Corporate Cash Indicators® report will be published in the January 26, 2015 issue of AFP EconWatch newsletter.

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