Wells Fargo Economics Group Reports on How Much of America Foreigners Own

Wells_Fargo_Securities_logoHow Much of America Do Foreigners Own?

Executive Summary

Recently released data show that the value of foreign holdings of U.S. assets rose to $32.5 trillion at the end of Q2-2016 with stocks and bonds accounting for more than one-half of these holdings. Outside of the U.S. government bond market, where foreigners own roughly one-half of the publicly traded debt, foreign ownership of American securities is much less pervasive. About 20 percent of American securities are owned by foreigners. In other words, domestic residents own the vast majority of U.S. stocks and bonds.

In terms of foreign direct investment (FDI), foreigners own about one-third of the fixed assets in the manufacturing sector. But, direct foreign ownership in other sectors of the U.S. economy is not as widespread. In sum, foreign holdings of U.S. assets are sizable, but perceptions that America is owned by foreigners are simply not supported by the data.

Conclusion

The value of American assets held by foreigners has mushroomed over the past few decades and currently stands near $33 trillion with stocks and bonds accounting for more than one-half of these holdings. Foreigners own sizable amounts of U.S. Treasury securities, but holdings are widespread across individual countries. Although China is the largest individual foreign owner of U.S. Treasury securities, its holdings account for only 10 percent of the U.S. government bond market. Foreign holdings of other types of American securities account for much smaller proportions of the markets for those individual securities.

In terms of FDI, foreigners own about one-third of the fixed assets in the manufacturing sector. But, direct foreign ownership in other sectors of the economy is much less pervasive. In sum, foreign holdings of U.S. assets are sizable, but perceptions that America is owned by foreigners are simply not supported by the data.

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www.3ders.org’s Top 27 3D printed housing and construction projects

Our Top 27 3D printed housing and construction projects

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Over the past few years it has become increasingly evident that 3D printing technologies will have a big impact on not only the aerospace, medical, and consumer industries, but could also be at the forefront of a revolution within the field of construction. While we may not be living in 3D printed homes in the very near future, there are a number of promising projects that have come to life over the past few years which have shown us what the potentials of 3D printed construction really are. From fully constructed homes and pavilions, to architectural installations, to projects that are still being realized, lets take a look at some of our favorite 3D printed construction projects to see both the amazing trajectory of additive manufacturing within the field and (let’s be honest) some really cool buildings.

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Caterpillar Enters Home and Outdoor Power Market

unknownCaterpillar is entering the home and outdoor power market with the introduction of portable generators — the Cat® RP Series.

The new generators are designed to provide reliable backup or recreational power to residential users and portable power to professional contractors who need to power tools and lights on the job. The initial models of portable generators in the Cat RP Series range in size and power from 3.6 kW to 7.5 kW in North America and 2.5 kW to 4.4 kW in Europe.

This product is available to purchase through a new multi-channel distribution approach — including Cat Dealers, local retailers, and eventually national retailers and wholesalers — which will serve as Cat Home & Outdoor Power Authorized Sales and Service Centers.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-garage“This is about providing a new customer base with the right solutions for their home and outdoor power needs that reflect the reliability, rugged capabilities and quality with which Cat products are known,” said George Taylor, Caterpillar Vice President with responsibility for the Marketing & Digital Division and the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We want to connect these customers to Caterpillar’s decades of experience in the electric power business, and this new distribution approach means we can do just that,” Taylor explained.

The new products will be introduced to distribution networks in the U.S. and Canada over the remainder of 2016 with a move into European networks late in the year.

cat-rp3600-generator-stand-alone-grass cat-rp5500e-generator-in-landscape-application cat-rp6500e-generator-in-construction-applicationAn expanded home and outdoor power portfolio is under development with more product launches anticipated in 2017. For more information on the new generator line, visit: http://www.cat.com/homeandoutdoorpower.

 

CASE Names Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District Winner of the Dire States Equipment Grant

 

Case LogoTioga County will use $25,000 in free equipment rental from CASE to enact real change by training local public works and highway departments in proper stream and water management to mitigate damages from future flood events on area communities and infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York. The SWCD will use the equipment as part of its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program that works with municipal officials and highway department staff to ensure scientifically sound maintenance practices in streams and waterways to mitigate damages from future flooding events. Local flooding events have had considerable impact on local infrastructure and communities in recent years.

tioga_county_swcd“Tioga County historically has been impacted by a number of both flash flood and flooding events,” says Wendy Walsh, director, Tioga County SWCD. “These have had a significant impact on our infrastructure including culverts, bridges and roadways. Benefits of this program will include improved coordination and cooperation between municipal staff and the SWCD, as well as expediting the permitting process with regulating agencies as municipal departments show their growing knowledge of stream function and processes.”

SWCD will use the grant to procure construction equipment from CASE dealer Monroe Tractor to support the program. New training programs will begin this fall and extend into 2017.

“The Tioga County SWCD project stood out to us because of its impact on multiple phases of infrastructure, from inland waterways to roads and bridges,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “That’s our goal with Dire States: impacting real infrastructure change at the local level to show how each community can affect change across numerous modes of infrastructure. This program embodies that for us.”

The grant was awarded after soliciting submissions nationwide from local communities to use heavy equipment to improve a critical piece of infrastructure. The winner was chosen by a committee of representatives from CASE. For more information on Dire States, and to see how the grant is being put to use, visit DireStates.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Webinar On Commercial Drone Use To Feature Q & A With Top UAV Experts

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PRNewswire/ — An industry-leading publication and an international drone company has teamed up to provide current and prospective commercial UAV users with the information they need to navigate new legislation, get started with UAVs, and improve their business efficiency, data accuracy, and profits.

Inside Unmanned Systems and microdrones™ are pleased to announce they will be hosting a webinar called Part 107 Rule: Impact on Key Application Segments in the Commercial Drone Market. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. EDT. Because it is a web-based event, participants can join the conversation from anywhere in the world.

The webinar will include a question and answer period during which participants will be able to interact in real-time with top UAV experts. The initial discussion will focus on Part 107’s implications for mapping, surveying, and inspection applications, but anyone interested in using drones for commercial purposes is welcome to participate. Spots are limited, so interested individuals should register immediately at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8780341795519423748.

The event will be moderated by Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, a professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA. The expert panel for this webinar includes:

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    Major General James O. Poss (ret) of ISR Ideas, is a leading expert on UAS, having targeted the first armed UAS strikes, designed the US Air Force’s remote split operations system for UAS control, and designed the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. General Poss is the Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. ASSURE consists of 18 of the top US, Canadian and British UAS research universities with 100+ corporate members collaborating to solve the FAA’s UAS research issues. General Poss works for MSU at their Stennis Space Center Campus. He is a 30-year US Air Force veteran with combat experience in four wars and was the Air Force’s senior career intelligence officer at his transition from active service in November 2012.

  • Mike Hogan is microdrones’ Business Development Director, in charge of identifying new business opportunities and helping clients be more successful. Hogan has extensive knowledge of UAS for industrial applications due to his vast experience helping professionals incorporate the technology into their businesses. Prior to serving microdrones customers, Hogan served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 21 years as an Intelligence Officer, a Geomatics Officer, and an Airfield Engineer.
  • Ben Van Lare is Operations Manager for Raecon Industries. Van Lare works with a team of professionals in the power, construction, and technology industries to evaluate and integrate the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the commercial work environment. Not only does he specialize in UAV usage and piloting, but also in project management and business development. He is happy to act as a resource for those who have questions on either of these topics for businesses using UAS.

“We’re excited to be hosting this webinar and to have the opportunity to assist those who are pioneering commercial UAS,” said Mike Dziok, Marketing Director of microdrones. “It is an honor to be working with panelists with such a high level of expertise. We expect there will be much interest for this event and spots are limited, so those who wish to participate should register right away.”

To learn more about microdrones, visit www.microdrones.com