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March 14th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic growth is good for keeping inflation in check, and low inflation is good for economic growth. If you’re looking for a virtuous cycle in the economy, this would be it. For the U.S., the recent and long-run stories on inflation have been positive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]

March 14th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Census Bureau’s durable goods report for January was positive, beating market expectations. While economists and other watchers expected a decline in durable goods orders for January, orders actually increased by 0.4 percent, which was the third consecutive monthly increase. Drilling down, transportation orders, which can be very volatile from month […]

March 7th, 2019 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest take on economic activity via the Fed’s Beige Book pointed to continued, but slowing growth in late January and February. As noted in this latest survey of contacts outside the Federal Reserve system, “Economic activity continued to expand in late January and February, with ten Districts reporting slight-to-moderate growth, […]

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 […]

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