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So stacking up debt is how you stay on top of a downturn in the economy when it comes?

Yes, if you have a good plan on using the money. Keep in mind that these are investments, not loans. So they don't have to be paid back. The investor is taking the risk that they believe you can do something with the money.

When I say that "money is cheap" I mean in dilution cost, not interest. Although to be fair a lot of corporate debt can be written off without destroying to company so it's not a bad option for bigger companies to issue debt either.

It can be. See Ford in the mid-2000s under Alan Mulally--that was his play and it was spectacularly successful compared to the counterexamples at GM and Chrysler.

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