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Barclays Warns The Party Is Almost Over As Payouts Exceed Cash Flow By $115 Billion

Corporate buybacks plus dividends will surpass $1 trillion in 2016, for the first time ever, according to Barclays calculations. This means that payouts to shareholders will surpass total S&P500 cash flow by a whopping $115 billion. And with corporate balance sheets increasing encumbered, Barclays believes that the rate of payouts, rising at 20% in recent years, is about to grind to a halt, meaning that for stocks, the "party is almost over."

Days After Going After Trump, NY AG Probes Why Exxon Hasn't Written Down Oil Reserves

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing why Exxon Mobil hasn’t written down the value of its assets, two years into a pronounced crash in oil prices. To be sure, it is most likely that Scheiderman is looking for another career-boosting witch hunt, which however is not to say that Exxon is blameless in this particular case.

The Swiss Begin To Hoard Cash

"Because of the low interest rate level, we note increasing demand for insurance solutions for the storage of cash," said Philipp Surholt at Zurich Insurance Group AG, among underwriters reporting a surge in such requests. "We’re seeing demand for coverage for sums ranging from 100 million to 500 million francs."

"No Reason" Why ECB Shouldn't Buy Stocks: Peterson Institute

"I don’t see a reason [for the ECB not to buy stocks]" said Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "It isn’t obvious to me why a central bank wouldn’t always want a diversified portfolio, including equities."

Monte Paschi Bailout In Peril As 3 Banks Walk Out: Are More "Pensioner Suicides" Next?

According to Reuters, Morgan Stanley and Italian lenders UniCredit and Intesa SanPaolo have rebuffed a proposal by Italy's third-largest lender, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to back its proposed 5 billion euro cash call, a development which may lead to a bail-in of the troubled lender, and potentially spark contagion across the Italian banking system.