Is Cash Burning Hole in Your Pocket?

US companies are holding record sums of cash on their balance sheets. In fact, the total cash balance of S&P 500 companies was $1.45 trillion at the end of the third quarter of 2015, representing a 5.8% increase year-over-year. While this phenomenon indicates robust balance sheet health, it also raises questions about the best way to use this liquidity. And these challenges stimulate provocative questions and discussions about the most prudent use of company resources–taking into account different stakeholders’ expectations, the company’s individual circumstances, and the overall economic environment.

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