How do chief financial officers influence corporate cash policies?

Florackis, Chris and Sainani, Sushil ORCID: 0000-0002-1879-7869
(2018) How do chief financial officers influence corporate cash policies? JOURNAL OF CORPORATE FINANCE, 52. 168 - 191.

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This paper examines the extent to which Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) affect corporate cash holding policies. We construct an index (CFO index) that enables us to distinguish between “strong” and “weak” CFOs based on their ability to influence firm outcomes. We find that firms with strong CFOs hold substantially less cash than firms with weak CFOs, ceteris paribus. Importantly, the CFO effect documented in our study goes beyond the effect caused by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on cash holdings. Our findings provide the first direct empirical evidence that firms with strong CFOs are well positioned to hold less cash due to their relatively weak precautionary motive and superior ability to raise external financing during periods of financial stress. Consistent with an agency explanation, our results also show that strong CFOs fulfill a monitoring role in firms with higher agency costs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cash holdings, Chief financial officer, CFO, Corporate governance, Debt issuance
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 07:24
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 12:08
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2018.08.001
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