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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 […]

November 8th, 2017 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. –  On November 8, 2016 Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America.  He was sworn into office on January 20, 2017.  The assessment of “year-one under Trump” has begun with his Election Day victory as the starting point for measuring the President’s impact. […]

November 3rd, 2017 by

But Level of Entrepreneurship Improves by Raymond J. Keating- The jobs picture for October by the latest employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was far from bright. Disappointment from Payroll Survey There were wide expectations for a strong snapback in the establishment, or payroll, survey after the September numbers had been hit […]

October 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The United States has now experienced, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, two straight quarters of at least three percent real GDP growth. That has not happened since the second and third quarters of 2014. The hope is that not only can we get growth […]

October 25th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Virginia ranked 17th among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” 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: Virginia ranked 22nd among […]

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