Keating’s CyberColumn

October 4th, 2018 by

Measures from the Institute for Supply Management Show Continued Economic Growth by Raymond J. Keating- Good economic news came from the Institute for Supply Management’s reports this week. First, the ISM manufacturing Index came in at 59.8 percent for September. Now, that was down from 61.3 percent in August. However, it needs to be pointed […]

September 28th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve served up its latest statement on monetary policy and the economy on September 26. The main gist: the current economy is strong, and the Fed is further inching up short-term interest rates, i.e., the federal funds rate. Specifically, the Fed moved the feds funds rate up by […]

September 28th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating– In its third estimate of second quarter real GDP, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) served up no significant changes from its previous estimate. Real GDP growth during the second quarter registered 4.2 percent. That rate of growth was the fastest since the third quarter of 2014. It’s worth […]

September 13th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- In the latest edition of its Beige Book, released on September 12, the Federal Reserve served up some generally good news on the state of the U.S. economy, with trade tensions creating uncertainty and concern. The Beige Book takes a look at economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Federal Reserve districts […]

August 3rd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was passed and signed into law in December 2017 served as a good start in moving our burdensome tax system in a pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur, pro-investment direction. The House Ways and Means Committee is working to keep the ball rolling forward with its Tax Reform […]

August 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- It’s actually hard to imagine a more positive declaration on the economy than the monetary policy statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee on August 1. The opening paragraph speaks of strong growth, solid job gains, and strong growth in business and consumer spending, along with tame […]

July 27th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- Second quarter real GDP growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, grew at a strong 4.1 percent annualized rate. That was the fastest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014. It also was a sharp step up from sluggish growth over the previous […]

July 24th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider    by Raymond J. Keating- Strong economic growth for the second quarter of 2018 is expected when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its latest GDP data on Friday, July 27. If that turns out to be the case, then a significant chunk of the American public will not be surprised, […]

July 6th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Some of the headline numbers in the June jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics require explanation. There were solid job gains, and labor force participation experienced a big jump. SBE Council also monitors the number of self-employed in the monthly report, which is an important measure of entrepreneurship. […]

July 2nd, 2018 by

A State of Policy Extremes   by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to policymaking affecting entrepreneurship and small business, Washington is a state of extremes. According to SBE Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2018: Washington ranked seventh best among the 50 states. “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 […]

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