AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®



July 2016 Results:

Finance professionals anticipate that cash accumulation will continue at an accelerated pace through the summer; the forward looking indicator measuring expectations for changes in cash holdings during the third quarter of 2016 recorded the highest reading since July 2011 and the second highest reading since AFP began tracking this data in January 2011.

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Press Release:

U.S. Firms Hoarded Cash in 2Q16, Anticipate Accelerated Accumulation Thru Summer

AFP Corporate Cash IndicatorsJul 16Apr 16Jan 16 Oct 15
Change in Cash Holdings (Over the Past Quarter)+8-1+16+6
Change in Cash Holdings (Over the Past Year)+14+10+15+13
Expected Change in Cash Holdings (During Current Quarter)+16+7-1+8

 2016 July CCI Chart

How to read the results:

The indicators measure recent and anticipated changes in corporate cash balances by calculating the percentage of survey respondents reporting an increase (or expected increase) in cash holdings minus the percentage reporting a decline (or expected decline). Declining indicators are indicative of increasingly confident businesses. Conversely, rising indicators suggest growing pessimism.  

Mariam Lamech, Insights on the July 2016 Results

Why you should care about corporate cash holdings and the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators?

The reason is simple: all other things held constant, optimistic companies are more likely to deploy their cash holdings. Confident companies use their cash to make growth-orientated expenditures (e.g., increased capital expenditures, merger & acquisitions and hiring) and to increase dividend payouts and share repurchases. Conversely, pessimistic executives are likely to retain their cash holdings

The AFP Corporate Cash Indicators (AFP CCI), provide treasury and finance professionals, policymakers and market analysts with timely data on a determinant of economic activity: corporate cash levels. 

About the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators

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