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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

our-top-20-3d-printed-construction-projects-1By Tess

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.

To see read about the 27 3D projects click on:

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160926-our-top-26-3d-printed-houses-construction-projects.html

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Report

* I’ll be attending the Lake Erie “Project Icebreaker” meeting this week in Lakewood, OH. This is a unique project, for a number of reasons. It’s a pilot wind energy project backed by US DOE, now seeking funding for design, permits, construction and decommissioning. PI is the result of at least five years of work by the Lake Erie Energy Development Company, which includes the City of Cleveland, business groups and public sector partners in Pennsylvania. The meeting gives the public a chance to comment on the the scope of a required Environmental Assessment. The Corp of Engineers and the Coast Guard are DOE partners. (Send a text if you want to meet afterwards and track down Cleveland’s finest: a Great Lakes Brewing Co. Burning River Pale Ale. First round’s on me…)

* Ever heard of NACEPT? The National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology? It was established by EPA in 1988 “to provide independent advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, technology and management issues.” The Council has scheduled an October 17 teleconference to discuss a draft report regarding actions that EPA should take in response to technological and sociological developments in the area of citizen science. WHAT? Citizen science… I’m trying to find out… Unfortunately the citizen science draft for 10/17 is not yet ready for review. Advise if you want an update.

* EPA opened a new initiative last week called “The National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports.” This is an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions from diesel-powered ships, trucks and other port equipment at all port types and sizes through a variety of strategies and cleaner technologies. EPA writes that “this is great news for the roughly 39 million Americans who live and breathe near these centers of commerce.” (Hopefully it’s just as great for the peeps who still have jobs there *:)) laughing!) I’m not sure if this is linked to the citizen scientists mentioned above but in an older document (Nov., 2015, not that old) titled “Environmental Justice Research Roadmap” citizen science is repeatedly referenced as a tool helpful for regulators seeking to address air quality problems at ports. Citizen science…hmmmm… gotta think about that…

 

Tom Ewing
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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.