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Whilst all this is playing out, it is clear that we will need to invent new regulatory and ethical regimes. Current governance methods are already outdated and is not providing the assurance business and society needs. One of the key changes that we have detected is that intangible drivers make up a much larger percentage of organisational value. The current accounting standards do not support this trend.
It is against this backdrop that we, along with Cambridge University have undertaken an extensive study on how accounting and reporting could look in the 21st Century. Our findings indicate that investors and other stakeholders find little value in the way that companies report today.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) held short-term investments, which it refers to as marketable securities , of $ billion as of March 31, 2016. The two major investment were corporate securities, which represented $ billion, and . Treasury/agency securities, which were $ billion. The company's investment in commercial paper was worth $ billion and mutual funds were $ billion. Apple also had non-. government securities of $696 million and certificates/time deposits of $660 million. Mortgage/asset-backed securities, at $83 million, and municipal securities, at $72 million, round out its short-term investments.