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February 14th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Virginia ranked 16th 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: Virginia ranked 22nd among […]

February 14th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The economic growth experienced over the past year largely has rested on the shoulders of the consumer, given the stall or decline in private investment and in trade. That’s a dicey scenario, considering that consumers take their cues from how much business is investing and hiring. Hiring, of course, has remained […]

February 7th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report for January 2020 painted a strong jobs picture across the board. Establishment Survey: First, the establishment survey pointed to payroll gains of 225,000 in January. Whenever payroll gains for the month come in well above 200,000, it’s a big plus. Household Survey: Second, […]

February 6th, 2020 by

U.S. House Vote on February 6 By Karen Kerrigan- Legislation being voted on by the U.S. House on February 5 would crush entrepreneurship and self-employment in its tracks. Democrats are all in on the  “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” (PRO Act), H.R. 2474, as its many provisions would boost labor union bosses and their […]

February 5th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest trade report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis provided another reminder that the U.S. suffers whenever government chooses to raise costs and obstacles to free trade. While U.S. exports of goods and services inched up during the last two months of 2019, the December level was still down […]

February 4th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Georgia ranked 22nd 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: Georgia ranked 24th among […]

January 30th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2019: Arizona ranked 9th 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: Arizona ranked 11th among […]

January 30th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest report on GDP from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that slower growth persisted in the fourth quarter of 2019, and real GDP for all of 2019 slowed notably. The culprits were faltering business investment and trade. In the fourth quarter 2019, real GDP grew 2.1 percent (annualized […]

January 30th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement released on January 29 left the federal funds rate unchanged at a range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, and left the Fed’s mixed take on the economy in place as well. However, other recent changes by the Fed are cause for some concern. […]

January 29th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The U.S. Census Bureau’s durable goods report for December showed that topline durable goods new orders grew by 2.4 percent in December, after a decline of 3.1 percent in November and barely inching ahead by 0.2 percent in October. Meanwhile, shipments declined in each of the last three months of 2019. […]

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