> Another negative: free cash flow for nonfinancial corporations
> (profits plus depreciation allowances less capital expenditures) has
> been pretty strongly negative for the last 2 years. This has been a
> pretty decent long-term leading indicator for the stock market,
> though of course Jordan says everything is still ok.
Jordan and I discussed this on LBO a while back. Free cash flow is key because it reflects the *current* ability of businesses to put cash in shareholders pockets. And things are actually worse than this, from the point of view of shareholders, because FCF does not account for cash burned by stock options. Jordan says options are not an expense -I say if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck...
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