Interesting discovery

I found this interesting today. I was having a hard time connecting my Better Cables speaker cable with spades to my Dynaudios because they are stiff and the spades are too large. I decided to cut off the spade and expose the bare wire. I found a white powder around the soldered spade connector and terminal end of the speaker wire. One soldered connection was slightly loose, as though the solder had cracked. Also, the wire was solid copper, twisted with two pair (no wonder it is so stiff). Anyway, is that powder oxidation or the solder breaking down? I don't know if the sound is better, but the wire connection to the speaker is finally very secure. It makes me wonder what I spent my money on. Any thoughts?
Suggest you treat solid conductor cables very carefully (once set up....don't move them at all if you can avoid it).

Most cable problems come from slightly broken, damaged or oxidized contacts - leading to high or intermittent contact resistance on conductors and/or reducing the shielding performance on shielded coaxial interconnects.

Braided wire, although slightly more expensive to manufacture than solid wire, is good for flexible applications such as speaker wires. Braided can be soldered more reliably and is much less likely to be damaged from flexure.

Since oxidation from copper would be green, might the white powder simply be excessive flux from the soldering during manufacturing. Excessive flux should not do any harm, provided you have enough of a well soldered contact area with the spade.
Yes, the powder is oxidation, and is not something you want to happen. It will degrade the cables ability to transfer a signal. It might be a good idea to have the cables reterminated with something that will fit your speakers.

Oscar Wilde also made an interesting discovery. He said "I have found that alcohol, consumed in sufficient quantities produces all the same effects of drunkeness." I hope that helps.
I can't say what the powder was, but if you're seeking to maximize your connections, please consider a contact enhancer. I use "Walker extreme SST" with great success.
White powder is not from copper oxidation. Copper oxidation is green.
Green copper takes A LONG time to develop, the first sign is white powder, then the copper turns brown, then, years later it turns green if it's exposed to enough moisture.
As Yohjo above. The powder is probably there to absorb humidity. Of course you've cleaned the wires thoroughly before connecting.
As a side issue, you can leave the wires as is. You'll have to clean them from time to time (the oxides) and you can use some chemicals that promise to slow down oxidising (Kontact and others).
I appreciate everyone's responses. I will leave them as bare wire and keep them clean with contact enhancer.
Just replaced the battery in the car today..... a huge amount of white powder with hints of green was what I found all over the +ve terminal and inside the connectors and wires leading to the starter motor Uppermidfi is right about copper corosion being initially white. Absolutely no corrosioin or any signs of powder over the negative (Grounded) terminal.

Of course a car battery is polarized....DC always +ve at plus this increases the pace of corrosion on one terminal enormously.....which begs the question why should Tgrisham's speaker wire do the same when audio is AC....?

This suggests possibly some rectification going on some where or a DC offset in the amplifier?

=> Tgrisham, I suggest you check for a strong DC offset from your amp....this might explain the white powder build up. BTW, to get rid of the corrosion on your cables (if that is what it is), simply soak the affected parts in a cup of water with Baking shoud all fizzle and wash away.