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August 24th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest durable goods report has two stories to tell. First, it’s important to keep in mind that durable goods orders serve as a kind of leading indicator on the economy, specifically, gauging both business and household confidence when it comes to making investments. It also offers […]

August 19th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Missouri ranked 19th among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements.  Small Business Tax Index 2017: Missouri ranked 21st […]

August 15th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider – The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- Retail industries overwhelmingly are about small business, so when retail sales are up, that’s a great small business story. In fact, among retail trade employer firms in the U.S., 80.3 percent have fewer than 10 employees, 91.1 percent fewer than 20 workers, and 98.4 percent […]

August 15th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- On August 15, the Federal Reserve served up its latest measure of industrial production, i.e., the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities. Specifically, industrial production edged up by 0.1 percent in July. Over the previous five months, however, growth averaged 0.5 percent. […]

August 15th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- U.S. nonfarm labor productivity – that is, output per hour calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours worked by all persons – took a welcome and significant step up in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest report from […]

August 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- It’s actually hard to imagine a more positive declaration on the economy than the monetary policy statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee on August 1. The opening paragraph speaks of strong growth, solid job gains, and strong growth in business and consumer spending, along with tame […]

July 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- The Paychex Business Sentiment Report released on July 25th showed confidence among small business owners in terms their business outlook and the economy. Specifically, on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the most optimistic, small business owners (firms with less than 500 employees) gave […]

July 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Latest Economic Data   by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s June durable goods report pointed to a bounce back in durable goods. After two months of decline, durable goods orders grew at 1.0 percent in June. The Importance of Durable Goods Durable goods orders are a leading indicator on […]

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 […]

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