U.S. companies have been forgoing returns by putting their spare cash in non-interest-bearing bank accounts. The practice has become commonplace as companies try to avoid risks from borrowers. "In their minds it's one of the more risk-free places to put it," Deutsche Bank's Lisa Rossi says. However, regulatory and market changes could force CFOs to move their cash to other places, such as money-market funds or corporate debt, in the near future.
Companies may have to rethink their strategy for spare cash