I am in Canada and I was talking to my financial advisor the other day (who works for one of the larger banking institutions up here.) He said that there was a growing consensus in the financial community that the US economy was almost certainly going to collapse completely within the next five to eight years and that hyper-inflation of the US dollar was "inevitable." Savings, both in US dollars and in bonds would become worthless, the result being a general drawdown of the entire economy to the point where manufacturing would either cease or be regulated to low-pay "third-world" type jobs and whatever portions of the service industry that survived. Everything would cost about three times what it does now but wages would be significantly lower (assuming you could get a job). While I think there is some argument about the timing and the severity of this, most economic analysts would agree (he says) with the basic predictions. His argument was much longer and fairly complicated and I don't pretend to understand it. That's why I go to him in the first place, to explain stuff like this. This might sound a bit shallow of me but ... the first thing I thought of was what does this mean in terms of Apple's future? I mean I have friends down there and I care about the US and all but, if it's really the foregone conclusion that it seems to be, there is nothing I can personally do about it. What do people (Americans especially) think about all this? - Will Apple move it's headquarters to Europe or Canada? - Would the cost of Apples stuff go up or down relative to the US price? - Does it make sense to even care about the prospects of digital downloads if half the US is going to be too poor to buy a computer? This is a serious post and I want to know what people down there think (including if you think my analyst is crazy).