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February 14th, 2019 by

  by Raymond J. Keating –  The capital gains tax actually is higher than the stated rate of 20%. Not only does the 3.8% ObamaCare tax have to be added in – bringing the rate of 23.8% — but then there’s the inflation factor. The U.S. does not adjust capital gains for inflation. As a […]

February 1st, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Among the regulatory measures is the minimum wage mandate, specifically, which states impose a minimum wage mandate higher than the federal […]

January 26th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- China’s economic growth in 2018 registered 6.6 percent. If the U.S. were to experience such a level of growth, the reaction would be part euphoria, while others would speak dramatically about the economy “overheating.” But real growth of 6.6 percent in China was the slowest pace of growth in 28 years, […]

January 19th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest industrial production report released on January 18 by the Federal Reserve showed that the industrial sector of our economy, for the most part, finished 2018 strong. 2018: Fast Growth Overall industrial production – the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – grew by 0.3 […]

December 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- No matter the short term price changes and accompanying reactions in the market, the story of American energy production has been the most significant economic plus for the U.S. economy for some 13 years now. For good measure, while trade has been an area of policy indifference or troubling protectionism for […]

December 2nd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Arizona ranked sixth best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2017: Nevada ranked 11th […]

November 20th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small businesses play a key role in helping to bring food to the Thanksgiving tables of Americans.  Make no mistake, the roles, as noted in the information below, are substantial in ensuring that  Thanksgiving Day festivities are enjoyed by all. Consider, for example: Grocery stores. Most of us purchase the main […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Industrial production in October edged ahead by 0.1 percent compared to September, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Compared to a year earlier, industrial output was up by a solid 4.1 percent. The lone growth area among major industry groups in October was manufacturing production, which was up […]

November 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest state employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pointed to nonfarm employment in October being up in 9 states, and effectively unchanged in 41 states. However, over the past year, 36 states added jobs, with 14 basically unchanged. So, which states were the top gainers? During October […]

November 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider   by Raymond J. Keating- Consumer confidence rides high, according to the latest take from the Conference Board. The board’s consumer confidence measure improved in October to 137.9 (1985=100), up from the September level of 135.3. Breaking this down further, the Conference Board reported: “The Present Situation Index – based on consumers’ […]

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