Keating’s CyberColumn

November 6th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – No one should be surprised when the Biden administration stakes out policy ground that diverges greatly from the views and well-being of small businesses. That’s been the case on a wide array of issues, from taxes to regulations to intellectual property and more, and now we see it again regarding […]

October 24th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Entrepreneurship is vital to U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and economic, income and employment growth. Given this reality, let’s try to put together what’s happening of late on the entrepreneurship front. To do so, we’re going to look at the latest numbers from three different sources. New Business Applications Up First, there […]

October 17th, 2023 by

Economic Insider Special Report by Raymond J. Keating – (As an optimist at heart, I don’t like writing pieces like this. But I’m also a realist, and the data is the data, and economics is economics, so here goes…) The federal budget has moved into territory previously unknown in U.S. history, and it raises grim […]

October 17th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  The activist stance by the Biden administration (along with assorted Members of Congress, as well as the previous Trump administration) on antitrust – through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and in particular the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under the leadership of Lina Khan (as well as via various proposed legislation) […]

June 22nd, 2023 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Raymond J. Keating – Myriad issues and factors affect entrepreneurship, specifically, the decision to become an entrepreneur. And that includes assorted aspects of a country’s culture, including what we might call “pop culture.” I was reminded of this when coming across an online article – titled “The TV You Watch When […]

June 2nd, 2023 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Raymond J. Keating –  The employment report for May from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics presented some potentially troubling signals. First, it must be noted that two favorite takeaways from this report are in obvious contradiction. The report opens: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 339,000 in May, and the […]

April 21st, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – As chief of staff to then President-elect Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel infamously declared, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” While cynical, this turns out to be […]

April 15th, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – If you’re concerned about government spending and the size of the federal government – and you should be – then the data from the latest Monthly Budget Review report from the Congressional Budget Office ranks as downright distressing. This report offers a look at the federal budget halfway through fiscal […]

March 16th, 2023 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER by Raymond J. Keating – In my thirty-plus years of observing, analyzing and writing about the economy, I’ve learned a few lessons, including how to assess matters during a crisis. First, don’t react in a knee-jerk fashion, thinking that the issues and causes are immediately clear, and likewise, don’t put too much […]

March 3rd, 2023 by

by Raymond J. Keating – According to the latest ISM Services PMI report, purchasing managers said the services sector of the U.S. economy expanded for the second straight month in February. The services sector data contrasted sharply with the ISM Manufacturing PMI that pointed to manufacturing declining for the fourth consecutive month in February. Coming […]

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