Global Markets & TPP

March 21st, 2018 by

The Honorable Kevin Brady Chairman Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.  20515   The Honorable Richard Neal Ranking Member Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.  20515   Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal, On behalf of our nationwide membership of entrepreneurs and small businesses, […]

March 21st, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade plays a vital role in the U.S. economy, with real total trade (exports plus imports) equaling 29.3 percent of U.S. real GDP last year, compared to a mere 6.1 percent in 1955, for example. Indeed, in industry after industry, trade matters. Free Trade and Railroads Consider, for example, the […]

March 20th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- During a time when the benefits of free trade are coming under fire in political circles, it’s encouraging to see high levels of American adults holding a positive view on foreign trade. Gallup reported earlier this month that 70 percent of U.S. adults hold a positive view on foreign trade – […]

March 12th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its latest report on international trade in goods and services on March 7. The numbers not only provide an opportunity to get a picture on the latest trends in U.S. trade, but also to reflect on the direction of U.S. trade policy and its possible […]

February 28th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- As the negotiations proceed to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), it is critical to keep in mind that since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, it has been an overwhelming positive for each party to the agreement – that is, the United States, Canada and Mexico – including […]

February 20th, 2018 by

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Re: PRC Docket No. ACR2017; Comments Related to Inbound Letter Post   Dear Commissioners Taub, Acton, Langley, and Hammond: The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is a nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly twenty five years, SBE […]

January 30th, 2018 by

By Karen Kerrigan– Entrepreneurs have entered 2018 with solid optimism and a strengthening economy.  Indeed, the keys to small business growth and healthy entrepreneurship hinge on strong and sustainable economic growth and the continuance of policies that lift government imposed barriers, encourage capital formation and investment. To that end, entrepreneurs are hopeful that President Trump and Congress will […]

January 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist The latest topline number of GDP growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis was a little disappointing given the strong two previous quarters and positive momentum in the economy. Our optimism now means we have higher expectations for great numbers and performance, which, in itself, […]

January 8th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Through the first 11 months of 2017, according to the latest report on international trade from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, exports and imports expanded. That’s good news for the U.S. economy. In November 2017, U.S. exports took a nice jump higher, after a slight decline in October. Through the […]

December 6th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Free international trade remains central to the immediate and long-run growth and well-being of the U.S. economy, including for entrepreneurs, small businesses, workers and consumers. Quite simply, reducing governmental barriers to trade and keeping such barriers low are central to expanding opportunities, reducing costs, and increasing choices. The U.S. trade picture, […]

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