The U.S. economy continues to be positively awe-inspiring compared with the competition. The value of U.S. imports in 2006 was roughly the same as the entire GDP of France. The U.S. is the world's largest exporter; indeed, if all U.S. exporters seceded from the country, they would have the eighth-largest GDP in the world, larger than the entire economy of Canada.
The economy of Brazil is about the size of the economy of Texas (see map above, click to enlarge). The economy of India is about the size of the economy of America's Plains states. The economy of Venezuela is about the size of the economy of Alabama.
The U.S. share of the value of global-equity trading is more than 40%. The total value of trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 2006 was greater than all of Europe's combined. While the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-governance law may have made the U.S. a less-attractive locale for new issues, the NYSE was still the world leader in total new capital raised in 2006.
Foreign Capital Magnet
The U.S. is still the place that foreign capital wants to be and is the largest receiver of foreign direct investment. Nine of the top 50 transnational financial corporations are American, including the top two (Citigroup Inc. and General Electric Capital Corp.). Thirteen of the top 50 non-financial transnational corporations are American, including four of the top eight: General Electric, General Motors Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Ford Motor Co.