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Halloween & Small Business: More Treats than Tricks

As Halloween approaches, many of us think about fun involving candy, costumes and scary decorations. It’s also a fun time for many small businesses. According to the Halloween Consumer Spending Survey from the National Retail Federation: “More than two-thirds (67.4%) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year […]

Ireland’s Most Recent Move on Tax Reform and IP

by Raymond J. Keating- It’s no secret that the U.S. desperately needs to reform its tax system. The question is, of course: What should be the specifics of such reform? President Obama has acknowledged the need to reform our corporate tax code. After all, the U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate among industrialized […]

Added Perspectives on the Growth in U.S. Energy Production

by Raymond J. Keating- The transformation of the U.S. energy industry over the past decade has overwhelmingly been about production from tight oil and shale gas. The latest report on drilling productivity from the U.S. Energy Information Administration drives home this point. (The EIA defines “tight oil” as follows: “The term tight oil does not […]


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