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July 17th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve served up some good news in its latest estimate of industrial production, i.e., the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities. Specifically, industrial production bounced back from a 0.5 percent decline in May to grow by 0.6 percent in June. […]

July 12th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- Inflation, as measured by changes in the Consumer Price Index, has notably calmed in recent months. As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI inflation registered 0.1 percent in June. That came after 0.2 percent in both April and May, -0.1 percent in March, and […]

July 2nd, 2018 by

A State of Policy Extremes   by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to policymaking affecting entrepreneurship and small business, Washington is a state of extremes. According to SBE Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2018: Washington ranked seventh best among the 50 states. “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 […]

July 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider  by Raymond J. Keating- According to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income in May showed solid growth. The 0.4 percent rise in May was up from 0.3 percent in March and 0.2 percent in April. Meanwhile, the personal consumption expenditures price index, a limited inflation measure, […]

April 19th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The next look at a major economic measure comes on Friday, April 27, when we get the initial estimate on first quarter GDP growth. In the meantime, however, a few tidbits of valuable information have been released this week. Consumer Spending Up First, we received a taste of what the consumer […]

January 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Industrial production – the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – finished 2017 on a strong note, expanding by 0.9 percent, even though manufacturing output barely inched ahead, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Overall industrial production was up for the year, growing […]

December 5th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider By Katie Kerrigan- The dream of starting a business and being an entrepreneur is a consistent and positive trend among millennials. Many people under the age of 30 years have the desire to form their own start-up, but most are not putting their money, or their effort, where their mouth is. Bentley […]

November 28th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- For retailers, the holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year. That is, if sales are healthy. The early news for Thanksgiving weekend, including Cyber Monday, was very positive, according to the National Retail Federation. More than 174 million Americans shopped during this […]

November 28th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- New housing sales were up in a big way in October. The U.S. Census Bureau reported on November 27 that sales of new single-family homes registered a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000 in October, up by 6.2 percent over the September level and by 18.7 percent over a year earlier. […]

November 11th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Hey, Washington. People are watching. Substantive and positive policy changes are still needed. That simple point might have received a bit of amplification from the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment numbers for early November released on November 10. For early November, the index registered 97.8, which was down from 100.7 in […]

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