Keating’s CyberColumn

March 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There are rare moments when government establishes a regulatory framework that works pretty well. That had been the case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the regulator of online privacy for the past two decades. As U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Z) explained in an oped in the March 1 Wall […]

February 22nd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The 21st annual Small Business Policy Index, which ranks the 50 states based on their policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship, was just published by SBE Council. The Inex arguably is the most comprehensive assessment of state policymaking toward small business, and is based on 55 different policy measures. We’ve […]

February 1st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- It verges on the cliché. But, in fact, businesses and investors do not like uncertainty. And given such anathema toward uncertainty, entrepreneurs, businesses and investors should support President Donald Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the past decade, the existence […]

January 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic growth during the last quarter and final year under President Barack Obama was, unfortunately, dismal. A Story of Weak Economic Growth Real GDP in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to data released on January 27 by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, came in at a mere 1.9 percent, […]

December 17th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve provided another sober reminder regarding the state of our economy with the release of November industrial production data on December 14. Industrial production – which measures the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries – declined in November by 0.4 percent. That’s the […]

December 14th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- So, on December 14, the Federal Open Market Committee raised the federal funds rate from the 0.25%-0.5% range to the 0.5%-0.75% range. And guess what? The sky didn’t fall. Should small businesses care? Well, yes and no. Consider a few key points. First, it’s important to recognize that the fed funds […]

December 1st, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Since officially moving from recession to recovery in mid-2009, the story on the U.S. economy has changed very little. And two new reports indicate that the challenges will not change as a new presidential administration and new Congress take power. The State of GDP Growth On November 29, the U.S. […]

November 21st, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Americans usually mark the beginning of Thanksgiving – or a national day of thanks – to a three-day gathering between the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. It was Abraham Lincoln in 1863 who proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Day. As people across the nation settle in […]

November 18th, 2016 by

The Cost nightmare can end with smarter policies and reforms by Raymond J. Keating- President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. And according to President-elect Donald Trump’s key campaign promise, ObamaCare will not be around to see its seventh birthday. Make no mistake, the end […]

November 11th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. economy has performed poorly over the past decade – suffering through a long, deep recession and a sluggish, at best, recovery/expansion period – largely due to a hostile federal policy climate. That has included anti-growth tax policies, which, according to President-elect Trump’s agenda, should change markedly during his administration. […]

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