Keating’s CyberColumn

August 18th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- ObamaCare is turning into a mess from many perspectives. For example, it has raised taxes and health insurance costs via mandates and regulations, and the latest news that Aetna will pull out of most exchanges means “choice” will be vastly limited. State co-ops are failing miserably…and the list of woes goes […]

August 10th, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- So, overall economic growth has been abysmal. But what about differences among the states? Are there states showing strong growth relative to the rest of the nation? Late last month, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimate of first quarter state GDP. First Quarter 2016 Growth in State GDP […]

August 9th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The third quarter Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey, released on August 4, showed a slight rise in optimism among small business owners, while also providing a reminder that small business optimism still remains far below the pre-Great Recession levels. Small Business Optimism The July (survey was taken over the period […]

August 5th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The July jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was good news in terms of the broad numbers, which feeds into a striking recent paradox in our economy. First, in terms of the establishment (or payroll) survey, employment increased by 255,000 in July. That’s two strong months in a row, […]

July 29th, 2016 by

By Raymond J. Keating- Bad GDP news  continued on Friday morning, July 29, further confirming previous SBE Council analyses (such as here, here and here) that business – or at least business investment – is in a recession. Consider 7 points from this latest GDP report and trends: Grim GDP Growth Real GDP growth for […]

July 22nd, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- It’s not unusual to hear proclamations that political party platforms don’t matter. After all, they’re not binding on any candidates or officials. I’ve always disagreed. If you think that ideas matter in politics and policy – and I most certainly do – then party platforms do very much matter. These […]

July 15th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On July 15, the Federal Reserve released its report on June industrial production. Depending on one’s outlook, this latest report either provides some hope for the beginning of an upturn in the industrial sector, or it simply indicates further meandering in an industrial sector that has been in a recession for […]

June 30th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If state taxes matter to professional athletes, you can bet that the burden of state and local taxes matter to entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors. In a June 25, 2016, article, Harris Solis and Josh Horowitz note the role that state and local taxes play regarding where NBA players hit […]

June 23rd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Babson College released The State of Small Business in America 2016 survey earlier this month, and it hits on some of the big opportunities and challenges for small businesses in today’s economy. The survey is based on 1,800 respondents with businesses that have at least four workers and $150,000 in revenues, […]

June 15th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The regulatory burdens imposed on U.S. entrepreneurs, businesses, workers and consumers are massive, and growing. That’s why “A Better Way to Grow Our Economy” plan unveiled by the “Relieving Regulatory Burdens” Task Force, led by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), is both welcome and vital. In recent years, the federal […]

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