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Capital Spending a Key Headwind to Broader Markets in 2022

publication date: Jan 26, 2022
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One of the biggest themes in 2022 is the amount of money companies will spend in capex (“capital expenditures”). A key reduction to net cash flow from operations to arrive at traditional free cash flow is capital expenditures, and we’re seeing some of the largest companies spend aggressively to the detriment of internal free cash flow generation. Though such spending may be necessary, in most cases, to enhance long-term revenue and earnings growth, the higher spending this year is a notable trend that we think may be posing a headwind to the broader equity markets so far in 2022.

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