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October 26th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s September durable goods report indicates that business investment continued to perform poorly in September and throughout the third quarter. Keep in mind that overall private investment declined in the second quarter of this year. That included declining fixed nonresidential (business) investment. And equipment investment declined in the […]

October 22nd, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019 New York ranked 47th – or the fourth worst – among the 50 states. Florida ranked 3rd – or third best – among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide […]

October 21st, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Idaho ranked 26th among the 50 states.  SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements.  Small Business Tax Index 2019: Idaho ranked 34th among […]

October 18th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest industrial production report from the Federal Reserve was negative pretty much across the board. After welcome growth in August, industrial production (i.e., the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities) declined by 0.4 percent in September. That included a 0.5 percent decline in manufacturing production, […]

October 18th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Housing data tends to be volatile from month to month and frequently subject to substantial revisions. After big jumps in both housing starts and permits in August, the latest housing report from the U.S. Census Bureau showed declines in September. That being the case, it is worth noting that builder confidence […]

October 16th, 2019 by

Compared to a year earlier, sales are up by 4.1% by Raymond J. Keating- The recent growth streak on monthly retail sales data came to an end in September. The September report on retail and food services sales from the U.S. Census Bureau showed a decline of 0.3 percent in total retail and food services […]

October 14th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Washington ranked 10th best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2019: Washington ranked 6th […]

October 10th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Despite assorted policymakers in Washington, D.C., serving up confused, contradictory and at times economically incoherent declarations on monetary policy and the dollar, good news persisted on inflation in the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Consumer Price Index. And it pays to keep in mind that, […]

October 7th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Utah ranked 7th best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements.  Small Business Tax Index 2019: Utah ranked 16th […]

October 7th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- In the latest small business lending data from the FDIC’s latest quarterly banking profile, some troubling questions emerge. First, small commercial and industrial (C&I), and nonfarm nonresidential (properties) loan balances came in at $644.5 billion at the close of the second quarter 2019. That was up compared to $632.5 billion a […]

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