Keating’s CyberColumn

February 5th, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Super Bowl 50 kicks off on Sunday night, February 7. At the end of a season whereby 32 teams battled on the gridiron, it will be the Denver Broncos taking on the Carolina Panthers to be crowned NFL champions. Meanwhile, one might call the release of the 20th edition of […]

January 29th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. economy’s poor performance actually got much worse late last year, according to the first estimate of fourth quarter GDP from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP growth slowed dramatically in the fourth quarter to a mere 0.7 percent, compared to a sluggish 2.0 percent in the third […]

January 22nd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When talking about how much people earn, a few data sets get tossed around by talking heads. Some are up, others down, and still others stagnant. But which measure provides the most valuable information? For example, if you’re a small business owner looking at what’s going on with the income of […]

January 8th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The December jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was a nice way to close out 2015. Interestingly, as other assorted indicators point to economic concerns, the latest jobs numbers rank as a big positive. 3 Positive Points ONE:  The establishment survey estimated a nonfarm payrolls increase of 292,000 […]

December 30th, 2015 by

Can you guess which of these states offer a more favorable policy environment for entrepreneurs and small business? by Raymond J. Keating- The four largest states are split on the direction people are moving. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the four largest states in the U.S. are California (39.1 million residents), […]

December 21st, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On December 21, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data for state personal income in the third quarter of this year, and on average, state personal income rose by 1.3 percent, with growth in the states ranging from 0.6 percent in Alaska to 2.2 percent in Nebraska and South Dakota. […]

December 18th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The year-end tax bill that passed the U.S. House and U.S. Senate – expected be signed into law by President Obama – is jammed with a wide array of items.  But one big plus stands out. The expensing of capital expenditures for smaller businesses has finally been expanded and made permanent. […]

December 9th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On December 7, the fourth quarter Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, a survey of small business owners, was released. It revealed a less-than-optimistic and declining outlook. Thumbtack also released new data with economists at Bloomberg this week, which found the economic outlook among small business owners in November was down nearly […]

December 4th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The November jobs data pointed to a second consecutive month of respectable employment numbers. That’s important since the problem throughout this anemic recovery has been the occasional good number failing to become a productive trend. At the same time, there are things to still be concerned about, including another decline on […]

November 24th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Can we stop messing around, and finally get serious about this economy? At the very least, the U.S. has suffered a lost nine years. More accurately, we’ve basically suffered a lost decade-and-a-half (with only a couple of years of solid growth over that period). The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released […]

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