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

Over the past several years, there have been two primary sources of upside for the stock market: trillions in corporate buybacks, as companies themselves engaged in record repurchases of their own stock, often at price indiscriminate levels in a bid to not only raise the stock price but also the stock-linked compensation of management, and a similar amount of dividend payments which in a time of negligible yields, became one of the main drivers for buyers to scramble into the "safety" of dividend paying stocks.
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