Companies are borrowing but not spending

10/15/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Many companies worldwide are issuing bonds to raise capital, but they are not spending that money. Most of the $2.3 trillion raised with corporate bonds this year is going toward repairing finances, or the companies are hoarding the cash, according to Dealogic. This is bad news for the economy, which needs investment to support recovery. A large part of the cash is going into mergers and acquisitions, but that does not help the economy much, analysts said.

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