Global Markets & TPP

November 18th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The rest of the world continues to work to roll back barriers to international trade. Meanwhile, the U.S. is meandering and pulling back, thereby reducing opportunities for American small businesses and entrepreneurs in the global marketplace. While supporting positive efforts to provide tax and regulatory relief, President Trump’s direction on international […]

November 11th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating The latest trade data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis offered good news in terms of both export and import growth. It must be kept in mind that both exports and imports (in nominal terms) declined in 2016 and in 2015. From January to May of this year, exports basically […]

October 27th, 2017 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- International trade often gets portrayed as being all about the big guys – whether it’s big businesses or even big cities. Reality is quite different. International trade is very much about small businesses and, as noted in a new Pew Research analysis, small counties across America. Trade and […]

October 7th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade has been an area of growth and opportunity for U.S. entrepreneurs, businesses, and workers, and it has accounted for a significant chunk of U.S. economic growth in recent times (see, for example, this SBE Council analysis on trade). Unfortunately, the latest trade numbers have been troubling, and that continued […]

September 9th, 2017 by

E-commerce is booming and is considered the new retail. All companies must prepare for the digital age, like it or not, and in the global economy the is extraordinary opportunity for small to mid-size firms.  Learn more at the 3rd Annual Global Small Business Forum!  SBE Council is a proud sponsor of this exceptional event.  To register […]

September 7th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. trade numbers, as released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on September 6, were troubling. Exports of U.S. goods and services declined slightly in July relative to June – from $194.9 billion to $194.4 billion. Keep in mind that the story on exports has been disappointing for more […]

July 1st, 2017 by

Raymond J. Keating- On June 29, I had the opportunity to journey to the U.S. International Trade Commission. The purpose was to testify about U.S. negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking to representatives from the United States Trade Representative’s office, the State Department, the Department […]

June 23rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- While nations govern many of the rules in the arena of international trade, it’s critical to keep in mind that nations do not trade, but instead, individuals and businesses trade with each other, within nations and across international borders. So, when it comes to trade accords, the basic idea is pretty […]

June 12th, 2017 by

NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS  Comments on Negotiations with Canada and Mexico Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative Raymond J. Keating Chief Economist Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council   On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), I am writing on […]

February 22nd, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Free trade – that is, trade between businesses and individuals across international borders largely unencumbered by excessive or burdensome governmental measures (such as tariffs, quotas, and regulations) – has been taking a beating of late in the world of politics. Fortunately, though, according to the new Gallup poll on the […]

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