An Economic Perspective on the Southwest: Defining the by Alan Greenspan (auth.), Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr., Stephen P.

By Alan Greenspan (auth.), Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr., Stephen P. A. Brown (eds.)

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We have an entrepreneurial culture. We share a universalist ideology. And we are possessed of a dynamic and ever-changing demography. America: Asylum for Mankind An ever-changing demography may be our greatest strength. Unlike any other country, if you are not happy where you are in the United States, you move to a place where you wish to be. Dallas provides ample testimony to this fact. This mobility does not happen inJapan or in Germany or in the United Kingdom. More important still, if you are hungry and eager to improve your lot, you come to the United States.

Las Vegas is now hosting a big trade show for the computer industry, and already some marvelous advances are being displayed. But these advances are barely curtain-risers for what this decade offers. Five years ago we thought it would be a great development to cram a million bits of information on a single chip. Now we have chips holding 4 million bits each, and 16-million-bit chips will be available in the fairly near future. As one looks at the incredible ability to compact information in smaller and smaller packages, the economic impact of change can barely be foreseen.

Institutional Investors The two biggest investors are • Life insurance companies (long term) (¥110 trillion) • Securities investment trusts (short term) (¥57 trillion) II. Non-financial Entities • Individuals (long term) • Corporations with large foreign currency cash flows (short term) III. $ C$ A$ £ OM FFr ECU Others Source: Nomura Securities, Ltd. September 1988 September 1989 55 16 8 10 57 15 8 9 2 4 1 2 4 3 4 4 3 59 19 6 5 2 2 2 43 America Has Made the World Safe Appendix B Japanese Regulation and Guidelines on Investment in Foreign Assets (as of March 20, 1990) Assets LIFE INSURANCES Foreign Securities: 30 percent of total assets.

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