Because I don’t know approximately what the future of phones will hold, I cannot comment intelligently on the long-term future of Apple into 2024 and beyond. However, I can comment on what the U.S. tax system and Apple’s new commitment to financial engineering (through stock buybacks) have done to the company’s balance sheet.
One of the very many peculiarities of our tax system is that companies domiciled in the United States have to pay a repatriation tax to bring money generated outside the U.S. back to American coffers. If a corporation files a form indicating that the money will be kept permanently overseas, then there is no tax. If the money is bought … Read the rest of this article!