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Management Views on Corporate Cash Holdings

  • Gary E. Powell

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    (McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte)

  • H. Kent Baker

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    (Kogod School of Business, American University)

We survey the CFOs of 1,000 large U.S. companies to learn their views about corporate cash holdings. Specifically, we investigate managerial views about the determinants of cash holdings and whether they believe that corporate governance affects a firm’s level of cash holdings, spending of cash, and value of cash holdings. We find their views provide support for an optimal tradeoff approach to cash holdings, limited support for a financing hierarchy explanation, mixed support for arguments that financial constraints affect a firm’s cash holdings, and generally no support for most agency cost explanations. The survey results show that managers believe the effectiveness of a firm’s corporate governance structures may affect its cash holdings and spending of cash but not the value of its cash holdings.

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Paper provided by McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 2010-01.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:msb:wpaper:2010-01
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://mccoll.queens.edu/

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