United States 2012 Wealth Book: The American Dream Revisited

23 op-ed, For a privacy czar , reminded us how often history repeats itself. For reasons similar to the ones Mr. Raul noted, in 1999 the Clinton White House created a position of chief counselor for privacy, as part of the Office of Management and Budget, to work with executive-branch agencies to ensure that privacy considerations were taken into account. As an example, the White House supported our efforts to implement privacy-impact assessments of all information to be collected by its agencies. Before collecting and using information on a U.S. citizen, an agency would first have to demonstrate that it would be relevant to the agencys mission and that it would be accurate, timely and complete. Such language echoed the language and spirit of the Privacy Act of 1974 , a law enacted in the shadow of Watergate. The first two agencies to voluntarily adopt this privacy-impact assessment approach were the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The privacy-impact assessment was made applicable to all executive-branch agencies through the E-Government Act of 2002. These events obviously predate Sept. 11, 2001, and the terrorism threats we now face. Under such circumstances, the democratic ideals that safeguard the privacy of our citizens are most tested. The solutions were in place and can easily be resurrected through conscientious, responsible implementation. Mr. Raul is right: There is a need to act now.

Fact Sheet: The United States and India – Strategic and Global Partners

Climate Change Working Group: Recognizing that climate change is a defining challenge of our time and that there are mutual benefits to intensifying cooperation, the U.S. and India created a Climate Change Working Group to advance action-oriented cooperation as well as to enhance dialogue, including helping reach an ambitious multilateral climate agreement in 2015. The Working Group plans to promote existing and new cooperation on clean energy, smart grid, and energy efficiency; adaptation and resiliency to climate change; and sustainable forestry and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Space Cooling Efficiency Collaboration: Demand for space cooling primarily for air conditioners constitutes a large portion of peak electricity demand in India. Air conditioners could add as much as 140 GW to peak load by 2030 and management of the peak contribution is critical for maintaining supply security and avoiding load shedding. The new U.S.-India Collaboration on Smart and Efficient Air Conditioning and Space Cooling is intended to advance policies and innovation to drive mass deployment and rapid uptake of high-efficiency cooling equipment and technologies to capture significant energy savings, potentially avoiding the need to build as many as 120 large power plants. Expanding Opportunities in Education Higher Education: The United States is the most favored destination for Indian students, with more than 100,000 Indians pursuing higher studies in the United States. Since 2009, the jointly funded Fulbright-Nehru program has nearly tripled, with approximately 300 students and scholars from each country participating annually making it the largest Fulbright faculty program in the world. Primary Education and Teacher Preparation: USAID launched the READ Alliance, bringing together the public and private sectors to strengthen the reading skills of millions of Indian primary schoolchildren. USAID is also partnering with the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development and Arizona State University to train educators from 15 Indian states. Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative: Launched during Prime Minister Singhs 2009 visit to Washington, the initiative already has funded 16 partnerships between U.S. and Indian universities and is currently inviting a third round of applicants. Community College Collaboration: With the support of the U.S. government, U.S. community college administrators are collaborating with the Government of India on their goal of establishing 200 new community colleges. During the Higher Education Dialogue in June, the American Association of Community Colleges and the All India Council for Technical Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding to encourage cooperation and develop and implement activities between Indian and U.S. community colleges. In addition, the State Department sponsored Community College Initiative Program provides year-long educational and hands-on training opportunities in the United States for 40 Indian students every year. Partnership in Global Development Child Survival: In 2012, India and the United States, in partnership with Ethiopia and UNICEF, launched the Child Survival Call to Action to end preventable child deaths. Since the Call to Action, hundreds of government, civil society, and faith-based organizations have committed to promoting the ten best practices to prevent maternal and child deaths. Through this work, the United States and India are leading the world to target health investments, rigorously evaluate our work, and drive historic reductions in childhood mortality. Millennium Alliance: The Millennium Alliance is a public-private partnership between USAID, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Indias Technology Development Board supporting innovations that strengthen early-grade reading, provide safe drinking water and nutritious food stuffs, increase access to clean and affordable energy, and deliver quality health care to those most in need. With more than 1,400 applications received, the first awardees were announced in June 2013, receiving grants for nearly $1.5 million. Science and Technology Endowment Board: The U.S.-India S&T Endowment Board is a bi-national initiative that supports commercialization of innovative technologies by awarding nearly $3 million annually for entrepreneurial projects. The Endowment Board plans to announce fourth call for grant proposals in the fall focusing on health, water, sanitation, and clean energy. Triangular Cooperation in Agriculture: Launched by Prime Minister Singh and President Obama in 2010, the United States and India work together to improve agricultural productivity and innovation in Africa. USAID, the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) in Hyderabad, and the National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) in Jaipur are providing training to agriculture professionals from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi. Assistance to Afghan Women: The United States continues its collaboration with India to assist the people of Afghanistan, particularly in the areas of womens economic empowerment and agriculture. Over the last year, dozens of Afghans have received scholarships to train at India agricultural institutions and develop vocational and leadership skills.

The United States of Gore Vidal

It also includes an evaluation of the local wealth management industry. Scope The report features: Independent market sizing of US HNWIs across five wealth bands HNWI volume, wealth and allocation trends from 2007 to 2011 HNWI volume, wealth and allocation forecasts to 2016 HNWI and UHNWI asset allocations across 13 asset classes Number of UHNWIs and UHNWI growth rates in every state Number of UHNWIs in all major cities Fastest growing cities for UHNWIs Number of wealth managers in each city City wise ratings of wealth management saturation and potential Details of the development, challenges and opportunities of the Wealth Management and Private Banking sector in the US Size of local wealth management industry Detailed wealth management and family office information Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth Reasons To Buy The WealthInsight Intelligence Center Database is an unparalleled resource and the leading resource of its kind. Compiled and curated by a team of expert research specialists, the database comprises profiles on major private banks, wealth managers and family offices in each country. The WealthInsight Intelligence Center Database also includes up to one hundred data-points on over 100,000 HNWIs from around the world. With the database as the foundation for our research and analysis, we are able obtain an unsurpassed level of granularity, insight and authority on the HNWI and wealth management universe in each of the countries and regions we cover. Comprehensive forecasts to 2016. Detailed information on UHNWIs in each major city. Key Highlights The number of HNWIs in the United States decreased by 3.1% over the review period from 5.3 million HNWIs in 2007 to 5.1 million HNWIs in 2011. Over the forecast period, the total number of US HNWIs is forecast to grow by 19.4%, to reach 6.1 million in 2016. In 2011, business interests were the largest asset class for HNWIs in the US (29% of total HNWI assets), followed by equities (26.7%), real estate (17.4%), fixed income (11.1%), cash (8.6%) and alternatives (7.3%). With 39,378 UHNWIs, the US accounts for a high 32% of the total number of worldwide UHNWIs in 2011. New York City is the largest city for US UHNWIs, accounting by 7.4% of total US UHNWIs with 2,929 individuals. There are also sizable UHNWI populations in Los Angeles (950 UHNWIs), Chicago (804 UHNWIs), Houston (777 UHNWIs), Dallas (564 UHNWIs) and San Francisco (511 UHNWIs).

You might even say the Iraq War worked out perfectly for the amorphous cash-sucking beast President Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, called “the military-industrial complex” in his farewell address of 1960. “They got what they wanted,” Wrathall says. “They have their war. They destroyed the country. The oil market in Iraq is permanent. They achieved expansion and dominance in the Middle East.” The best thing about Wrathall’s film is the way he captures Gore Vidal in his twilight, when so much that he predicted had come true–a bittersweet turn of events. “It was amazing,” Wrathall says. “He had such a sharp intellect. It was an honor and learning experience for me. He could speak on any subject, with parallels back to ancient times. He knew Australian politics, where I’m from. He not only knew ex-Prime Ministers but he was a mentor to them. It was astounding to see the breadth of his knowledge and reach….