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[Infographic] Insane: Apple Has More Cash Than the U.S. Government

Authored by: Steven Blum — Aug 3, 2011

Well, this is quite a sad commentary on the whole debt debate. According to Tech Spot:

Apple now has more liquid cash and marketable securities on hand than the US government, according to financial statements released by the US Treasury on Wednesday.

Last week Apple posted their best-ever quarter with $28.57 billion in revenue and a net profit of $7.31 billion. Stock prices soared as the news hit Wall Street with shares topping out at over $400 earlier this week. The report shows Apple had $76.2 billion in cash and securities on hand at the end of last month.

Compare that to the U.S. government's 73.8 billion in liquid assets and you gain a picture of just how f***ed the country currently is, financially. Currently, the U.S. governement blows through over $10 billion a day –it could easily spend away Apple's $76.2 million in just a week.

The numbers are a teensy bit misleading, since the government brings in a lot more money than Apple from tax revenue. But it also spends at a much higher rate. Check out this infographic below to see how Apple's cash reserves compare to other major American companies:


Add to that the fact that the US government has just been downgraded by the Chinese credit rating agency Dagong Global and you have quite a grim picture of the country's financial future.

Source: Tech Spot

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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