Apple’s Cash Reserves Are 30x What They Were 10 Years Ago


Apple is leading the way when it comes to U.S. companies stockpiling cash, according to a note from Moody’s Investors Service.

Holding $158.8 billion, Apple’s cash pile is close to 30x what it was in 2004, when Apple has cash reserves of “just” $5.46 billion. This means that Apple holds 9.7% of total corporate cash outside the financial sector.

It’s not just Apple, however. Tech companies in general tended to stockpile their money — with Apple followed by Microsoft, Google, and Verizon went it comes to cash-rich companies. Technology companies in general held $309 billion more in cash at the end of 2013 than they did in 2009 — representing 53% of the increase for all non-finance companies. Of this money, $450 billion is kept overseas.

U.S. companies as a whole held onto a massive $1.64 trillion at the end of 2013.


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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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