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2018 AFP Liquidity Survey


Underwritten by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)


Five months after enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), 40 percent of survey respondents continue to be uncertain about some of its provisions and anticipate no changes in spending at their companies. About one-fourth of companies plans to pay down debt while 24 percent plan to repatriate (or have already repatriated) their off-shore funds.

Safety continues to be the primary short-term investment objective for 65 percent of organizations, 31 percent of survey respondents indicate their organizations’ most important cash objective is liquidity—the largest share reported since 2008 when AFP began tracking the importance of organizations’ cash investment policies.

AFP thanks State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) for its underwriting support of the 2018 AFP Liquidity Survey.

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