Americas: One step too far

Author: | Published: 24 Aug 2015

Should the US government step in to regulate share buybacks? For the business community and investors, it may be a step too far. But with US elections focussing on middle class needs and wage disparities, promises to govern when companies can – and can't – engage in share repurchases might come front and centre.

On its own, a proposal to monitor when businesses repurchase shares should not be so worrying. In this situation, disclosing a public company's motives and financial health gives investors a better understanding of the...