It’s finally happening!
After months of planning, political wrangling and controversy, Trump’s “Cash for Patriots” program is underway!
The process actually started as a campaign promise before the 2016 election.
Last February, I wrote a report about this “Cash for Patriots” program and explained how Trump’s new policies would lead to big cash payments for Americans. And I’m happy to report that as 2018 gets off and running, the mainstream media has finally started covering these patriot payments.
Hopefully, you’ve been following along and taking advantage of this program. Because over the last 12 months, stocks of companies that are participating in this “Cash for Patriots” program have been soaring!
Today, I want to take a look at just one example of how this program is bringing cash back to the United States and putting that cash into the hands of citizens like you and me…
$350 Billion Is Enough To Make Reagan Proud
Apple Inc. (AAPL) is the poster child for our “Cash for Patriots Program.”
At last count, Apple had more than $252 billion stranded overseas. The company couldn’t bring the cash back into the United States without paying an exorbitant 35% tax on the profits (even though the gains weren’t generated on U.S. soil).
But thanks to the new tax law, Apple can now bring that cash back to the United States, paying a minimal 15.5% tax rate on the profits and freeing up the cash to use productively.
As that cash comes back to the U.S., the impact is going to be tremendous!
First of all, there is the $38 billion tax bill that Apple will pay on these earnings. No, it’s not enough to make much of a dent in the national debt. But that tax revenue will certainly help in covering services that the federal government offers to us as citizens.
After paying its fair taxes on this capital, Apple then intends to spend $30 billion in “capital expenditures” in the U.S.
The $30 billion will go toward a number of new facilities in the U.S., including:
- A campus for tech support — The location for this new campus will be announced later this year
- Data centers — Apple will be investing in these centers across seven different states
- New Power Installations — Apple powers its stores, offices and other facilities through renewable power. Which means new locations will require new investments in green-energy installations.
As new facilities are built and brought online, Apple will be hiring 20,000 new employees, helping to drive quality employment higher in the U.S.
Keep in mind that while Apple will be directly hiring 20,000 new employees, the actual number of jobs created by Apple will be far higher. Because construction firms, delivery companies, clean energy manufacturers and even more companies will hire workers thanks to the economic growth Apple is creating.
Add it all up and Apple estimates that the company will contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years. That’s on top of the $38 billion in taxes Apple will be paying on its international cash hoard.
And despite what the biased media may tell you, this investment is a direct result of the “Cash for Patriots” program.
How Would You Like a $2,500 Bonus?
So yes, Apple is plowing billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, hiring workers and even donating billions to support U.S. education programs.
But what about real cash payments in the pockets of Americans?
How does a $2,500 bonus for just about all of Apple’s 120,000 employees sound? We’re talking about both full-time and part-time employees.
Oh, and in an email to the company’s employees, CEO Tim Cook also announced that the company would contribute twice the amount of each employee’s charitable donations, up to $10,000, through the end of the year.
That’s real cash that will be paid to real Americans, and also real donations that will have an amazing impact on many causes that are near and dear to our hearts here in the U.S..
I have to tell you that it warms my heart to see this charitable matching promise. Because it shows that while companies like Apple are inherently capitalistic — as they should be — the company’s management still takes its responsibility to society seriously.
Who says corporations can’t be compassionate?
If you’re one of the U.S. employees that can participate in this matching program, I encourage you to think of people less fortunate than you — or causes that are important to you — and make sure you’re taking Tim Cook up on his offer to match any donation you can make.
What’s in It for Me?
Of course, when I first brought up the “Cash for Patriots” program, I told you that you could expect companies to bring cash back to the U.S. and to use that cash to pay investors.
So you may be wondering, is Apple going to remember us as investors?
Well, if you’ve owned shares of Apple over the last year, you’ve already started to participate in this program.
Shares of AAPL have been moving steadily higher all year. And depending on when you bought your shares, you should be sitting on profits of 10%, 20% or even 30% or more!
Apple currently has a stock buyback plan in place, using its cash to buy shares in the open market. When Apple buys these shares, it makes the remaining shares more valuable to us as investors because we now own a bigger portion of the total number of shares in float.
So while you may not have yet seen a bigger dividend check in your account, you have seen a higher stock price, which is at least partially driven by Apple’s share buyback plan.
I’m also very excited to hear what Apple has to say to investors when the company reports earnings tomorrow.
The company will issue its earnings report after the market closes tomorrow, and will host a conference call with investors at 5:00 p.m. ET. During that call, I expect Apple’s management team to have a lot to say about what they will do with their growing cash balances this year.
I can’t tell you for sure if the company will hike its dividend this or next quarter. But I can say with very high certainty that the company will hike its dividend payment sometime in 2018.
Remember, Apple is just one of the many companies benefiting from lower corporate tax rates and a tax break on overseas profits. As all of these companies bring cash back to the U.S. and the benefits accumulate, I’m expecting stronger earnings, higher stock prices and a growing economy.
I hope you’re participating in the profits from these iconic U.S. companies, and I look forward to sharing more news with you as the “Cash for Patriots” program continues to unfold.
Here’s to growing and protecting your wealth!