Why aren't companies investing more?

10/8/2013 | Economist (tiered subscription model), The

Profits are booming, but business investment remains remarkably low, with many firms opting to return cash to shareholders rather than reinvest. That might be because compensation for many executives is tied to share prices, which are inflated by buyback programs but dragged down by investments. That "managerial short-termism" has left companies vulnerable to debt and has dampened productivity, experts say.

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