ADVISORY: Workers or Wall Street? What the Boom in Stock Buybacks Means for Working Americans

Washington, D.C. — Corporate share buybacks stand at the intersection of multiple policy debates around for whom America’s economy is working: workers, communities, or Wall Street. Many Wall Street leaders and corporate executives are so focused on extracting ever larger short-term payouts that companies are slashing productivity-enhancing investments in their long-term future—and especially in their workers. As a result, long-term investors, workers, and economic growth suffer.

The corporate tax cut that President Donald Trump and Congress enacted last year gave a massive windfall for corporations that were already enjoying historically high after-tax profits. As economists and Wall Street analysts predicted before the bill passed, corporate America is using its tax cut windfall primarily to reward shareholders rather than to invest in American workers. Since the bill’s passage, companies have announced that they are paying out more than $400 billion to shareholders through stock buybacks—a record-high level. With the current Congress and the Trump administration steadily rolling back the Wall Street reforms put in place after the 2008 crisis, now more than ever, buybacks epitomize an economy rigged for the benefit of Wall Street and corporate executives at the expense of working Americans.

On Monday, June 11, the Center for American Progress will present new analysis from SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. on share buybacks and executive compensation. A panel will discuss the recent surge in corporate buybacks as they intersect with the new tax law, worker wages, and long-term corporate investment.

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WHO:

Welcome:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Remarks:
Robert J. Jackson Jr., Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Panelists:
Ben Harris, Visiting Associate Professor, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Chye-Ching Huang, Deputy Director of Federal Tax Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Alison Omens, Managing Director of Programs and Strategic Engagement, JUST Capital
Brandon Rees, Deputy Director, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO

Moderator:
Andy Green, Managing Director of Economic Policy, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Monday, June 11, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, N.W.
10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Allison Preiss at apreiss@americanprogress.org or 202.478.6331.