no bubble

Enrique Diaz-Alvarez enrique at
Tue Apr 11 09:43:57 PDT 2000

JW Mason wrote:

> The results were interesting.
> 1999's price-payout ratio, 36.8, was almost exactly equal to the postwar
> average of 35.3. Even though the price earnings ratio is over twice its
> historic average, the proportion of profits being paid out to
> shareholders, 74.4%, is also over twice its historic average of 35.1%.

Except more than all of those buybacks are being carried out with freshly borrowed money, so from the point of view of shareholders it is a wash - they get the money, but also the increased liabilities of the companies they own.

It'd be interesting to see what the numbers look like once you substract net borrowing from stock repurchases.

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