Fueling returns back to shareholders, the combination of slowing global growth, notably among the emerging markets, concerns over the recovery in developed markets and declining oil prices are shifting firms’ strategies to focus on returning value to shareholders.

“There are tremendous amounts of cash on the books and you have this very slow nominal growth in most countries, so there are fewer places to deploy that cash,” Russ Koesterich, BlackRock’s global chief investment strategist, said in the article.

Without potential investment opportunities, companies with cash hoards to the tune of $1.3 trillion in 2014 were more apt to increase returns to shareholders.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

Full disclosure: Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of TTFS.

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