To no one's surprise, investors are enthusiastic about buying debt from a very profitable...

|By:, SA News Editor

To no one's surprise, investors are enthusiastic about buying debt from a very profitable large-cap with $145B in cash/investments and (currently) no debt. Apple's (AAPL) plans to borrow (and thereby avoid paying taxes on offshore cash) to help pursue its goal of returning $100B to shareholders by the end of 2015 has already led many institutions to express interest, and S&P and Moody's to respectively assign ratings of AA+ and Aa1. Some think Apple, whose rates will likely be well below the 3% dividend yield now offered by its stock, could raise over $50B.