Private Sector Is Doing Fine

It's a good time to be an American corporation, Rex Nutting argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2012 1:10 PM CDT
Updated Jul 9, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
Private Sector Is Doing Fine
A trader smiles as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Believe it or not, some "people" are doing just great in this economy. "Those people are called 'corporations,'" writes Rex Nutting of MarketWatch. It may have been politically disastrous for President Obama to say the private sector was "doing fine" last month, "but as a piece of economic analysis, the president was spot on. Corporations are swimming in profits," Nutting writes. "Unfortunately, their success means very little to the rest of us."

That's because corporations haven't used this money to buy assets, hire workers, or otherwise invest and expand—they've just given it to shareholders. "To a surprising extent, corporations are now in the business of returning capital to their owners," not putting America's savings to productive use "as described in Economics 101 textbooks," writes Nutting. That may be making them rich, "but they would do well to wonder where next year's profits—or the next decade's profits—are going to come from." Click for Nutting's full column. (More corporations stories.)

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