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November 8th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- The latest consumer credit report from the Federal Reserve – combined with the role that personal consumption expenditures played in third quarter GDP growth – generally confirms that feelings of strong consumer confidence are being translated into actual consumer action. That’s not always the case. The Fed noted […]

November 2nd, 2018 by

    by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to economic and income growth, productivity is a central issue. But productivity growth also had been rather abysmal from 2011 to 2017, with annual average growth registering 0.7 percent. Fortunately, according to the latest report on productivity from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. nonfarm […]

November 1st, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: Nevada ranked best – number 1 – 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: […]

October 25th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book, released on October 24, pointed to continued economic expansion across 12 districts, though growth was slight in the New York and St. Louis districts. Manufacturing growth was reported as “moderate,” and demand for transportation services was strong, travel and tourism picked up, agriculture was mixed, […]

October 16th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Strength in the U.S. industrial sector continued in September, according to the latest report on industrial production from the Federal Reserve. Total industrial production – i.e., the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – grew by 0.3 percent in September. And keep in mind that the […]

October 5th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- With the latest month’s employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s the continuing problem of looking at the two topline numbers and ignoring the fact that those two pieces of data come from completely different sources. And those two sources can often tell different stories on jobs. Consider, […]

September 25th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider All Benefit When Federal Government Moves Policy in the Right Direction 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. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis published […]

September 18th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve’s report on industrial production in August showed continuing strength, while July’s growth also was revised upward. Specifically, in terms of industry groups in August, overall industrial production – i.e., the output of the nation’s industrial sectors, i.e., manufacturing, mining and utilities – grew by 0.4 percent in August, […]

August 26th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- The United States economy differs across the 50 states. The latest state employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides another reminder of this reality. For example, as noted by the BLS: “Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 6 states in July 2018, decreased in 1 state, […]

August 24th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest durable goods report has two stories to tell. First, it’s important to keep in mind that durable goods orders serve as a kind of leading indicator on the economy, specifically, gauging both business and household confidence when it comes to making investments. It also offers […]

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