Despite Paying A Dividend Apple's Cash Stockpile Will Keep On Growing Very Rapidly

Despite Paying A Dividend Apple's Cash Stockpile Will Keep On Growing Very Rapidly

Despite Paying A Dividend Apple's Cash Stockpile Will Keep On Growing Very Rapidly

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March 19 2012 3:49 PM

Despite Paying A Dividend Apple's Cash Stockpile Will Keep On Growing Very Rapidly

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Horace Dedieu's bottom line is that Apple is going to keep accumulating cash at an alarming rate, despite the new dividend payout plan. As I argue in my column for today, under liquidity trap conditions this cash accumulation is a kind of monetary contraction that hurts the economy. We'd be better off if they engaged in a much bigger one-time dividend to actually spend this money down. Alternatively if the Federal Reserve would adopt appropriate monetary policy, individual firm-level decisions wouldn't have these kind of implications.