The great cash illusion

While much has been made of cash hoarding by the biggest US companies, debt levels are also at record highs. Unleashing the cash pile may have dire consequences.

We continue to hear that "there’s plenty of cash on the sidelines", but will it be the great growth booster many people hope?

Corporate cash reserves in the United States, for instance, are at record highs – $US1.25 trillion as of the end of the third quarter – but so are debt levels.

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