Here We Go Again: Banks Plan Buybacks

“We have so much capital, we cannot use it,” Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan quipped to investors. The bank’s cash pile has doubled over the past year, to more than $500 billion. It’s a similar story at other banks, and now that they’ve been cleared by regulators to resume share buybacks, “we’re going to be aggressively…

The Dangers of Buybacks: Mitigating Common Pitfalls

Sarah Keohane Williamson, Ariel Fromer Babcock, and Allen He, FCLT Global say that the dangers of stock buyback programs include executive compensation gaming, employee trading, contribution to income inequality, excess leverage, and poor timing of investment decisions. Buybacks are often associated with long-term value-destroying behaviors, including several means of personal gain and enrichment, poor timing…

Response to Michael R. Levin on Buybacks

Thanks to Michael R. Levin of Valuewalk for his thoughtful, respectful, if unpersuasive attempt to rebut my Huffington Post column titled: Can’t Boards Find a Better Use for Capital Than Buybacks? I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to engage on this topic. Levin does a good job of setting out the conventional portfolio manager’s view on buybacks.  We differ because my approach…