Thanks, Donald! Stock Buybacks By The 15 Largest Foreign Cash Holders Have Spiked Dramatically

The top 15 U.S. firms (by cash holdings abroad) “account for roughly 80 percent of total offshore cash holdings, and roughly 80 percent of their total cash (domestic plus foreign) is held abroad… following the passage of the TCJA …share buybacks spiked dramatically for the top 15 cash holders, with the ratio of buybacks to assets more than doubling in 2018:Q1. In dollar terms, buybacks increased from $23 billion in 2017:Q4 to $55 billion in 2018:Q1.” Worse: “among the top 15 cash holders, the largest holders accounted for the bulk of the share repurchases: In 2018:Q1, the top 5 cash holders accounted for 66 percent, and the top holder alone accounted for 41 percent.” Note: the top holder is… Apple.