Any guesses what this graphic depicts?:
This is not an error or an optical illusion.
To say it again: From 2010 through 2019, U.S.-based big businesses, as a group, spent more than half their net profits buying back claims to their own future profits — i.e. helping their future shareholders extract even more wealth from forthcoming corporate endeavors. More than half.
Compare this fact to your Adam Smith model, pro-capitalist friends.