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Company earnings are a traditional gauge of economic health and a powerful driver of financial markets. Recently, however, they have been sending contradictory signals. One reason could be the expansionary credit policies of the past decade, which have distorted balance sheets and weakened competition. The most likely outcome of this process is not necessarily a sudden market meltdown, but rather a steady erosion of corporate finances and economic growth.

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