Keating’s CyberColumn

November 2nd, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The Federal Reserve announced on November 2 that it would raise the federal funds rate by 0.75 percentage points to a targeted range of 3-3/4 to 4 percent. The Fed added, “The Committee anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance […]

September 8th, 2022 by

Economic Insider  by Raymond J. Keating – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell took part in an interesting discussion, courtesy of the Cato Institute, on the morning of September 8 about monetary policy. A few points jumped out, and further raised questions in my mind as to whether or not the Fed has any idea as […]

August 19th, 2022 by

  by Raymond J. Keating – As part of a poll done in July, Gallup asked Americans what they thought about taxes on high-income earners. There are some lessons to takeaway Gallup’s presentation regarding their findings, as well as the need to think more clearly in economic terms. Gallup asked the following question: “People feel […]

August 9th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – If you think that government raising costs, limiting investment and innovation, and doling out more subsidies will somehow reduce inflation, then you should like the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” that just passed the U.S. Senate. But if you believe this, that also would mean that a complete review of […]

July 7th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – High energy costs are hitting consumers and small businesses hard. Unfortunately, rather than working in a productive manner to help alleviate these problems, President Biden and his administration actually are proceeding with a policy agenda that takes a bad situation and makes it even worse – now and in the […]

May 27th, 2022 by

Not only were digital economy sectors insulated from declines in other areas of the economy, but in key ways, the digital sectors – that is, entrepreneurs, small businesses and the much-maligned “Big Tech” in vital technology sectors – served as lifelines to other industries, to other entrepreneurs and workers, and to consumers. by Raymond J. […]

May 21st, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating –   The U.S. economy continues to get battered. A pandemic struck in March and April 2020, with its effects lingering to this day. The economy took a nosedive, and has struggled to recover. And amidst this struggle, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and workers have been thrashed by raging inflation, a decline […]

May 16th, 2022 by

Bad Policy Fuels the Likelihood   81% of small business owners expect a recession to occur this year, according to the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Index Q2 2022 (May 5, 2022). by Raymond J. Keating –   With the change in real GDP turning negative in the first quarter of this year, a question inevitably keeps […]

May 4th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – During this National Small Business Week, elected officials and policymakers must also celebrate the drivers of entrepreneurship and small business growth this week, and that includes “big tech.” Big Tech Started as Small Tech It should be noted that the companies usually targeted by politicians and their appointees – i.e., […]

April 28th, 2022 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The first estimate of GDP (i.e., gross domestic product) was released and it was not good.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, real GDP growth in the first quarter came in at -1.4 percent (seasonally adjusted annual rate). But there were a few bright spots. The report of […]

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