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January 27th, 2020 by

BY BARBARA WELTMAN On January 16, 2020, the Senate passed the United States, Mexico, and Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is expected to be signed into law shortly. It replaces the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has been in effect since January 1, 1994. It is the first trade agreement ever to include a chapter […]

January 27th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Iowa ranked 42nd among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2019” ranks the 50 states according to 62 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2019: Iowa ranked 46th among […]

January 26th, 2020 by

The latest outlook shows global GDP rebounding, and U.S. GDP slowing by Raymond J. Keating- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) just released the latest update to its World Economic Outlook. As usual with the IMF, there are issues that raise questions, but one issue actually is substantive and striking, and that pertains to projections regarding […]

January 24th, 2020 by

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the long, breathtaking decline in labor union membership continued in 2019. The number of labor union members registered 14.57 million in 2019. That was down from 14.74 million in 2018. As a percent of employed, the 2019 level came in at 10.3 percent, […]

January 24th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- In previous blog posts and articles, I’ve noted the following about energy but it warrants repeating. Over the past century, there are two things one can count on in terms of energy. First, doom-and-gloomers will regularly predict that “the end is near” regarding energy resources. Namely, they predict that humanity faces declining […]

January 19th, 2020 by

The Nation’s Small Businesses Have Contributed Significantly to U.S. Energy Independence by Karen Kerrigan– The United States leads the world in petroleum and natural gas production, and our entrepreneurs and small businesses have played a major role in this recent ascent to dominance. Energy prices have become more stable for small businesses, which means less […]

January 17th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s report on new residential housing construction for December 2019 showed a solid year for housing. In particular, these measures of housing construction – starts and permits – showed strong growth starting mid-2019. Housing starts for December 2019 (seasonally adjusted annual rate) grew dramatically, up by 16.9 percent […]

January 16th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau reported that retail and food services sales for December 2019 grew by 0.3 percent compared to a month earlier. That was in line with expectations. Looking at further breakdowns, when excluding motor vehicle and parts – which declined by 1.3 percent in December – sales increased by […]

January 16th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. economy grew at a pretty solid pace from the third quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2019, in particular, with real GDP growth topping 3 percent in four of those seven quarters, with another quarter nearly hitting the three percent mark. But growth slowed notably in the […]

January 14th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- United Van Lines released in National Moving Study earlier this month. It tracks where people moved among the states in 2019. And it’s not surprising to take note that net moves were, in part, affected by the costs imposed by government. The study tracks United Van Lines’ customer moves and state-to-state […]

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