Companies In Asia Hold The Highest Levels Of Cash

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Over the last few weeks, we have been considering the causes of the rising cash levels at US companies. First, I looked at what academia had to say about it and then realized that the question asked was the wrong one.

Today, I’ll look into how much cash is held at companies in various regions around the world.

Companies in Asia have the highest level of cash. China and Japan both have more than 13% of cash as a percent of assets.

Cash Levels are Highest in Asia ex-Japan, 13.9%

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Cash in Southern Asia, Lower, but Still 10.2%

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Cash in Western Europe Low at 9.3%

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Middle East & Africa Falling to Below Global Companies at 9.1%

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Latin America, Relatively Low Cash and Recently Falling to 9.1%

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Cash lowest in Eastern Europe at 6.1%

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China’s Cash Levels Have Always Been High, 14%

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Cash is High at Japanese Companies, 13.5%

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About the Author

Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA
Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA is the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, a company providing institutional investors with ready-to- invest portfolios in Asia that aim to beat the benchmark through superior stock selection. The company also provides buy- and sell-side clients with financial models to value any company in the world and World Class Benchmarking to determine what companies are financially world class. Previously, as Head of Research at CLSA, Andrew was voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the Asiamoney Brokers Polls for 2008 and 2009. He was also voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the 2009 Institutional Investor magazine All-Asia Research Team Report. Andrew earned his PhD in finance at the University of Science and Technology of China in Anhui province, with a focus on answering questions raised by fund managers and analysts during his career about picking stocks and managing portfolios. In addition, Andrew has been a lecturer in finance for 22 years at various universities in Thailand. Since 2013, he has been the president of the CFA Society of Thailand. He is also the author of How to Start Building Your Wealth Investing in the Stock Market.

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