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.

Global Debt Hits a Fresh Record

Global Debt Hits a Fresh Record Global debt hits a record high of nearly $253 trillion, or 322% of global GDP. Image: International Monetary Fund

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

U.S. Household Debt

U.S. Household Debt American debt hits a record high of $13.95 trillion and represents about 73% of GDP vs. about 83% a decade ago. Image: Reuters