"Apple generated a cash flow of $17.5 billion in the quarter, and finished 2011 with a whopping $97.6 billion in cash and equivalents. According to Zero Hedge, “Looked at otherwise, if Apple were a country, and its cash was equivalent to GDP, it would rank as the world’s 58th largest economy, above such countries as Slovakia, Iraq, Luxembourg and Syria.” In terms of market capitalization, Apple has now surpassed Exxon Mobil as the world’s most valuable company. In fact, Apple’s current cash position of nearly $100 billion is greater than the market cap of 474 of the S&P 500 companies."
"Apple should also consider purchasing gold. A relatively small gold position in Apple’s portfolio could help the company further offset currency and monetary policy risks to its $97.6 billion stockpile."