Cash reserves of US companies 1929 and 1973

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Cash reserves of US companies 1929 and 1973

Post by RedRight » 13 Feb 2020 15:06

Currently, 928 non-financial US companies have accumulated $ 1.685 trillion in cash reserves. This is 8% of US GDP and the equivalent of 55% of US investment value.
What were the values in 1929 and 1973?

For example, in the eighties Ford Motor Company raised $ 11 billion

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Re: Cash reserves of US companies 1929 and 1973

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 13 Feb 2020 16:15

Tough one. For a truly meaningful answer you might want to search elsewhere. Even if a good answer turns up here a comparison with other sources would be a good idea.

I can say the real value of cash reserves, or any asset changes significantly according to a variety of economic conditions. Deflation in the 1930s altered the value of cash vs periods of stability or inflation.

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