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OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2015

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This new Outlook on finance and investment presents unique data, analysis and instruments, looking at what might affect and change, both favourably and unfavourably, tomorrow's world of business, finance and investment.  Investment (including foreign direct investment), SME financing, pensions, insurance, corporate governance and competition are among the threads creating the narrative of today's environment and future expectations.

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Corporate investment and the stagnation puzzle

Following the easy monetary policies brought on by the crisis, financial markets have rallied strongly while companies that undertake capital spending do not appear to see the same value creation opportunities. Despite historically low interest rates, economic growth is stagnating in many regions due in part to the lack of investment. This is true of companies in the general industry, infrastructure and clean energy sectors. This chapter explores this puzzle from the point of view of bottom-up data of 10 000 of the world’s largest companies listed in the Bloomberg World Equity Index for both advanced and emerging countries, which enables capital spending and matching financial data to be used over the period 2002-2014.

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