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January 12th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Friday (January 12) morning brought some good news on Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation. Specifically, CPI inflation came in at only 0.1 percent for December. That’s a welcome slowdown compared to higher rates in the three of the previous four months. In fact, over the past three months, CPI inflation […]

January 4th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Institute for Supply Management served up some strong data in its December 2017 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business released on January 3. Key points included: “Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI®registered 59.7 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the November reading of 58.2 percent.” According to the […]

December 15th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- According to the Federal Reserve, industrial production (that is, the actual output in manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries) expanded by 0.2 percent in November. This follows on an upwardly revised expansion of 1.2 percent for October, and is the third consecutive month of growth. In terms of manufacturing output, […]

December 12th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- One of the most significant step being taken in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representative’s tax plans is reducing the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent – second highest on the planet, as noted in an SBE Council report – to 20 percent. The benefits of such a […]

December 3rd, 2017 by

Small Business Insider The Economy   by Raymond J. Keating- The latest GDP data show that U.S. economic growth in the last two quarters – the second and third quarter of 2017 – has stepped up, pushing above the 3 percent level. That’s good news, and we need to see policy changes that provide the […]

November 29th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis increased its estimate for third quarter real GDP growth from 3.0 percent to 3.3 percent. That basically brought the third quarter growth rate up to the historical average, and growth has now exceeded three percent in the last two quarters […]

November 12th, 2017 by

If it was all about the economics, pro-growth tax policy would be a peaceful, bipartisan affair. by Raymond J. Keating- Politics drives the war against tax relief and reform for U.S. businesses; certainly not sound economic thinking. The political battle over making big changes to our tax code has been engaged for months. With Republicans […]

November 11th, 2017 by

A Crucial Part of a Pro-Growth Agenda to Encourage Startup Activity and Small Business Growth by Raymond J. Keating- It’s important to realize that excessive regulation is not just a business issue. In reality, burdensome regulations negatively affect each man, woman and child in the United States. How? By raising the costs and diminishing incentives […]

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 […]

November 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve released its Federal Open Market Committee statement on the afternoon of November 1, and the real question turns out to be: Does anyone really care what the Fed said? The Fed statement pointed to more of the same that we’ve experienced for almost a decade now, that is, […]

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