Friday, June 11, 2010
Companies are Still Risk Averse
The Wall Street Journal has an article today about a report cash holdings of nonfinancial firms. Cash holding are up 26% from a year earlier, and the increase is the greatest ever in records that go back to 1952. Evidently, firms are very cautious and risk averse still. I wonder if we have a kind of employers' strike, as some have described the latter part of the Great Depression. There was so much concern by business leaders then over the activism of the government and uncertainty about future policy that they were fearful to increase investment spending and hiring. The current situation is reminiscent of that, but we still have too small a time period to reach such a strong conclusion.