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Time to Bring U.S. Corporate Profits Home

Imagine if U.S. companies could add well over $1 trillion to their U.S. coffers in an instant without having to sell a subsidiary, issue a single share, or incur a penny of debt. While every company would no doubt use its repatriated cash differently, the windfall could fund a return of capital to shareholders through increased dividends and share buybacks. It might instead be used to repay existing debt, fund capital expenditures, or make strategic acquisitions.

It doesn't really matter how companies would eventually deploy the cash. The important thing is that the cash would be used—put to work here in the U.S.