Business Trends

October 6th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On October 5, the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – announced agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade accord. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) noted, “The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, […]

September 30th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If we want innovation and economic growth, then policymakers need to stop undercutting investment with increased costs and uncertainty through excessive regulation. Unfortunately, government regulations, as well as taxes, have been harming investment, innovation and economic growth for decades, but the damage has been ramped up over the last decade. Indeed, […]

September 14th, 2015 by

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, announced her candidacy for president on May 4, 2015. Where does Fiorina stand on key small business issues? (Updated on September 20) Fiorina regularly mentions the challenges faced by small businesses and U.S. entrepreneurship. In an interview published by on January 14, 2015, Fiorina said, “Small businesses […]

September 8th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On September 8, the Federal Reserve released consumer credit data for July, and the recent trend shows strength, especially compared to where matters were not that long ago. The trend in consumer credit offers some hard data on consumer confidence, as opposed to the winds and shifts that tend to be […]

August 28th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Anytime real GDP climbs close to 4 percent, it’s worth noting, and perhaps even daring to hope that this dismal economic recovery might actually accelerate into strong, sustainable growth. On August 27, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its revision of second quarter GDP. And real GDP growth for the second […]

August 26th, 2015 by

On August 26, the Census Bureau released its advance report on durable goods for July. Durable goods orders are widely watched, and considered a leading indicator of manufacturing activity. The numbers were generally positive for the month. New orders for July were up 2.0 percent. Given that volatility in defense and transportation orders can distort […]

August 19th, 2015 by

by Barbara Weltman– A lot of attention has been focused of late on the wage gap, which is the spread between what the highest-paid and lowest-paid receive in compensation. On August 5, 2015, the SEC adopted a pay ratio rule to expand the disclosure of executive compensation stemming from the Dodd-Frank Act five years ago. […]

August 12th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When looking at key measures on the economy, productivity growth, or the lack thereof, points us in two directions. First, it tells us something about investment, since investment in new and improved tools, equipment and technology enhances labor productivity. Second, productivity growth serves as a key determinant of income, that is, […]

August 7th, 2015 by

President Obama Set the Goal of Doubling Exports by 2015.  That’s Not Happening by Raymond J. Keating- When evaluating trade data, despite the media coverage and proclamations of assorted “experts,” it’s not about the balance of trade. That is, today and in recent times, it’s not about whether the trade deficit increased or decreased, despite […]

August 6th, 2015 by

By Karen Kerrigan- Tonight is the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season hosted by Fox News.  Ten candidates vying for the Republican nomination will face off in Cleveland, Ohio and answer questions posed by the Fox News team. Given the number of candidates participating, and the amount of time being allocated for […]

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