From this Bloomberg story comes more evidence that corporate America and the financial industry continue to push further into uncharted territory with debt levels at big companies surging past previous record highs and an increasing share being used to finance such society-benefiting activities like share buybacks and acquisitions as shown below.
Of course, the Federal Reserve has nothing to do with this alarming trend and former Fed Chief Ben Bernanke would be the first to tell you so, as he did yesterday with William Cohen in this offering from the NY Times Deal Book blog:
“The low rate of interest isn’t something that God gave us here,” he explained. “It’s something that is a feature of the economy.”
“So”, in the words of Jesse Pinkman (and Walter White), “There’s that”.