Global Markets & TPP

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 […]

January 29th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- By definition, trade – whether it occurs in a small town or across international borders – is mutually beneficial. Indeed, any transaction that is voluntary – that is, not engaged in due to coercion, such as at the point of a gun – provides value. After all, if a trade does […]

December 11th, 2016 by

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on December 6 gave us the first look at exports and imports in the fourth quarter, with its release of October trade numbers. In SBE Council’s recent Gap Analysis #7: Lost Exports, Lost Small Businesses, it was noted that export growth, for example, has been woeful over the past […]

June 7th, 2016 by

   by Raymond J. Keating- Private sector entrepreneurship, investment and innovation, including in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have transformed the United States on the energy front. And the impact of this energy revolution has spread effects into international markets and trade. Consider 5 key points regarding U.S. energy innovation, production and trade: World’s Largest […]

May 26th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- May is World Trade Month, and there is a lot to focus on with respect to the role of small business in global markets and the importance of trade for the U.S. economy. Indeed, trade has become increasingly vital to healthy job creation, innovation, small business growth and the health of […]

May 25th, 2016 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – With May being World Trade Month, and various World Trade Days being celebrated this week across the United States, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released its “Top 5 Facts About Small Business and International Trade.” Top 5 Facts About Small Business and International Trade ONE: Small […]

May 3rd, 2016 by

Over the long run, trade has been an unmistakable plus for the U.S. economy, including for American small businesses. However, the numbers, as well as campaign declarations, on trade recently have been troubling. Consider four overarching points on the trends in trade and trade policy: The Decline in Exports and Imports According to the latest […]

April 22nd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to China vs. the U.S. on economic matters, there’s a great deal of bad economics and fear mongering going on in the political arena. Just look at what’s being said on the trade front. Besides trade, another issue that pops up on occasion – and generating a wide […]

March 4th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows more bad news on trade. In fact, the fall off in both exports and imports for the past year-plus has been quite dramatic. Exports Down for 4 Straight Months On the export side, January exports declined versus December levels, and […]

February 6th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- With the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis release of December’s trade data, the bad news on trade for 2015 was confirmed. U.S. exports for all of 2015 declined versus 2014. That was the first annual decline in exports since 2009, in the depths of the recent recession. Looking at data since […]

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