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Alan Greenspan Quotes

144 Alan Greenspan quotes:

"one of the most successful government agencies in history."
"Indeed only such highly liquid portfolios would be consistent with (government-sponsored enterprises') mission of providing primary mortgage market liquidity during a crisis, particularly a financial crisis,"
"The level of equity prices would appear to envision substantially greater growth of profits than has been experienced of late,"
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"Until market forces, assisted by a vigilant Federal Reserve, affect the necessary alignment of aggregate demand with the growth of potential aggregate supply, the full benefits of innovative productivity acceleration are at risk of being undermined by financial and economic instability,"
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"there are mechanisms in place that should help to slow the growth of spending to a pace more consistent with that of potential output growth."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"...most of the gains in the level and the growth rate of productivity in the United States since 1995 appear to be structural, largely driven by advances in technology and its application -- irreversible in the sense that knowledge once gained is almost never lost,"
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"signs of froth in some local markets where home prices seem to have risen to unsustainable levels."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"[On whether recent gains in housing prices have produce a] bubble, ... we certainly cannot rule out home price declines, especially in some local markets, these declines, were they to occur, likely would not have substantial macroeconomic implications."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"But, given our current state of knowledge, I find it difficult to envision central banks successfully targeting asset prices any time soon,"
"The fact of the matter is, we do not have an unlimited amount of labor, ... the wealth effect cannot persist indefinitely."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Labor Quotes
"Despite the tightest labor markets in a generation, more workers report in a prominent survey that they are fearful of losing their jobs than similar surveys found in 1991 at the bottom of the last recession, ... The marked move of capital from failing to technologies to those at the cutting edge has quickened the pace at which job skills become obsolete."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Labor Quotes
"I am concerned about the recent evident weakening of support for free trade, ... Should we endeavor to freeze competitive progress in place, we will almost certainly slow economic growth overall."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Progress Quotes
"Further development of China's trading relationships with the United States and other industrial countries will work to strengthen the rule of law within China and to firm its commitment to economic reform,"
"We're going to be running into very severe pressures in later years, and the better we are prepared in moving into that period, the more likely it is that we will address it in a rational, sensible rational way,"
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Running Quotes
"At present, the Social Security trustees estimate that the unfunded liability over the indefinite future to be $10.4 trillion, ... The shortfall in Medicare is calculated at several multiples of the one in Social Security."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Future Quotes
"Emperors and armies come and go, ... but unless they leave new ideas in their wake, they are of passing historic consequence. The short list of intellectuals who have materially advanced the betterment of civilization unquestionably includes Adam Smith."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"Today, economic value is best symbolized by exceedingly complex, miniaturized integrated circuits and the ideas -- the software -- that utilize them, ... Most of what we currently perceive as value and wealth is intellectual and impalpable."
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"Although we cannot rule out home-price declines,"
Author: Greenspan Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"[He declined to divulge his views on the performance of the International Monetary Fund, saying that is a topic of ongoing discussion with Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.] I don't think it's appropriate for me to discuss what we're discussing, ... When we are ready to pronounce something, you will hear an announcement."
"I find it utterly inconceivable, frankly, that we can have the type of potential fiscal outlook, which now confronts us over the next 15 to 20 years which, unless addressed, will not have a significant impact on long-term interest rates,"

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