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5 Key Points from Annual Global CEO Survey: Over-Regulation Tops the List

By at 25 February, 2015, 9:27 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- In late January, PwC started to release information from its 18th “Annual Global CEO Survey.” This survey of 1,322 CEOs from 77 nations offers a valuable business take, if you will, on an assortment of issues. Some key points are worth highlighting on the economy and policymaking: 1) Growth Outlook. “CEOs […]


Lower Trade Barriers Good News for Small Business and Jobs

By at 18 February, 2015, 9:11 pm

Raymond J. Keating- The Obama administration says it is serious about advancing freer trade via two proposed trade accords, and this is welcome news for small businesses and the creation of high-paying jobs. President Obama is talking up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed agreement with 11 Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, […]


5 Facts on Private Investment

By at 18 February, 2015, 9:05 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Private-sector investment is vital to economic growth. Investments in new and growing businesses; in new or improved machinery, tools and technology; in buildings, facilities and homes are the sources of innovation and economic growth now and into the future. Unfortunately, the deep recession running from late 2007 to mid-2009, and the […]


Roskam Stands Up for Small Businesses Against Abusive Civil-Asset Forfeiture Practices

By at 17 February, 2015, 9:50 pm

(Photo courtesy of House Ways and Means Committee) by Karen Kerrigan- Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) chaired his first Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing on February 11, which examined Internal Revenue Service (IRS) abuse of civil-asset forfeiture laws. Over the past several months, media investigations and news stories have put a spotlight on these abuses. These […]


The NLRB vs. Small Business America

By at 12 February, 2015, 10:41 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- For many individuals, franchise ownership is the best path to entrepreneurship. There certainly are advantages. A franchisee owns and operates a small business, while benefiting from the franchisor’s products/services, business model, reputation, brand, and support. And in fact, franchising is a strong, significant part of the entrepreneurial sector. According to Steve […]


FACT OF THE WEEK: Jobs Story Brightens, But Entrepreneurship Numbers are Troubling

By at 6 February, 2015, 5:06 pm

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment report for January on the morning of February 6. Here are some key numbers and trends: Payroll Job Growth. Overall, the jobs story was positive. The establishment (or payroll) survey pointed to a jobs gain of 257,000 in January (267,000 in the private sector). For good […]


SBE Council Chief Economist Concerned About Self-Employment Trends

By at 6 February, 2015, 12:43 pm

Washington, D.C. – Today, Raymond J. Keating, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), issued the following statement in reaction to the jobs data release today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The strong job growth in both the payroll and household surveys for January is most welcome. However, our […]


Four Key Points on the GDP Data

By at 30 January, 2015, 3:12 pm

by Raymond J. Keating-  In his State of the Union address, President Obama painted a rosy portrait of the U.S. economy. According to the President, the U.S. economy experienced a “breakthrough year” in 2014. Well, with fourth quarter GDP data out on January 30, it turns out that 2014 was just another under-performing year in […]


The FOMC Speaks – Again, Does it Matter?

By at 29 January, 2015, 9:08 am

by Raymond J. Keating- On January 28, the Federal Reserve released the Federal Open Market Committee statement on monetary policy. The Fed, of course, is given lip service by a great many as a critical policymaker, even an economic puppet master. But at this point, does anyone really care what the FOMC statement said? I […]


The State of All-of-the-Above Energy

By at 28 January, 2015, 12:31 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Earlier this month, the American Petroleum Institute released its “State of American Energy Report 2015” report. It’s a real page-turner on the broad energy industry and a solid policy read. This report differs from previous ones as it goes beyond oil and natural gas. Chapters are included covering other energy sources, […]


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