Bloomberg News reports that earnings across the United States or Corporate America are starting to expand remarkably faster than the inflow of cash in the door. According to the data compiled by the UBS Group AG, company income has been highlighted. It was seen that income at the S&P 500 firms adjusted for amortization and depreciation did top the cash flow operations by as much as 14%. The data was for the current year through September. However, the data compiled by UBS Group did not include the index’s finance and energy companies. How Much was Matched with the Cash Inflow? It can also be said that for a profit of every dollar, just 88 cents were matched by cash inflows. This is the biggest mismatch or discrepancy that has occurred since 1990. One of the ways this scenario arises is if the money owed to the firms is shown as sales much before the arrival of the payment. This, however, is a perfectly approved accounting treatment. However, it causes anxiety if this trend continues. A second way is when the production cost of goods understates the cash used up with inventory building up. Instead of indicating erroneous management behavior, the increasing gap hints at a harsh business ecosystem. It has also raised questions about the reliability of corporate resilience. Concept of Earnings Quality Bloomberg News reports that the concept is quite abstract and is an indicator or rather a measure of the reliability of present earnings and forecasts future cash flow. Worsening Scenario Yet another discouraging situation is the escalating buildup of inventory. This is where cash has been tied up, perhaps on a warehouse shelf or an unsold development. A surge in the amount of money that customers owe could give rise to a similar situation. Since the earnings of Corporate America have always been a big driver for the current rally that raised the index by as much as 17% in comparison to the low of October, Bloomberg News reports that in case the accruals are considered as a guide, the positivity in profits is not something that everyone can be happy and cheer about. What is US Equity Strategy UBS Saying? Keith Parker, the head of the US equity strategy associated with UBS, believes this accrual expansion hints at a fact, indicating that the earnings downgrades cycle is not yet over. Also, the New Year equity rally is likely to fade out. As far as the 12 months through January is concerned, it was found that 32% of the companies, as per the Russell 3000 Index, had lost out on money. The record was revealed per data compiled by Kailash Concepts Research and Bloomberg. Further Reading \t Tesla CEO Elon Musk Regained the Richest Person Title? \t Zoom’s Profits Exceed Analysts’ Estimates, Stock Price Rise \t Why are Wall Street Banks Cracking Down on ChatGPT?