For quite some time now, several governments started issuing bonds with negative interest rates. Our gut dislikes negative interest rates. First, how could a negative interest rate even exist? And Why would anybody be fool enough to pay an interest rate in order to lend money, i.e. to take a risk without apparent reward? Truth is, many investors purchase this securities, but the underlying reasons differ.
John Kenneth Galbraith died in 2006 after a very full life that lasted 97 years. But the theories of this brilliant economist are far from going extinct. His vision of the “Modern Firm” and of the so-called “technostructure”, which he described in his book published in 1967 The New Industrial State, has never been more accurate to describe present times. In particular, as we are going to highlight, Merger and Acquisitions (M&As) support very strongly Galbraith’s thesis.