Why Are Dividends and Buybacks Hitting Record Highs?

Why Are Dividends and Buybacks Hitting Record Highs? Corporate stock buybacks and dividends are booming, thanks to the tax cuts and low interest rates.Unfortunately, artificially low interest rates are associated with unnecessary debt and a rise of corporate debt-to-GDP since the Great Recession.

S&P 500 All-Time Highs

S&P 500 All-Time Highs Today, S&P 500 jumps to record high on strong earnings. This chart shows S&P 500 all-time highs since 1982. Image: Ritholtz Wealth Management LLC.

Global Debt Nears Record

Global Debt Nears Record Global debt hits $246 trillion (or 320% of GDP) and is just $2 trillion shy of all-time high. You may also like “Total Debt by Sector for Developed & Emerging Economies.” Image: International Monetary Fund

Central Bank Gold Purchases

Central Bank Gold Purchases This year, central banks are purchasing gold at record highs, due to geopolitical tensions. Image: Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research

S&P 500 and Fidelity 401(K) Millionaire Accounts

S&P 500 and Fidelity 401(K) Millionaire Accounts The number of 401(k) millionaires hits record high at the end of the third quarter, while the average 401(k) balance is still only $105,200. Image: Sentimentrader