Business Trends

November 19th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Earlier this month, the Fed released its latest Senior Loan Officer Survey. So, does the survey tell us anything of interest for small businesses and the overall state of business lending? There are 5 key points to consider. 1) Overall business loan demand flat. The demand for commercial and industrial loans […]

October 25th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The importance of entrepreneurship and small business to the US economy should not be underestimated. At the same time, the US economy has been struggling for nearly nine years – or arguably for almost 15 years now. Consider that real annual GDP growth averaged 3.8 percent from 1950 to 2000. Since […]

October 13th, 2015 by

By Susan Solovic- A Creative Way to Get Products in Front of Willing Buyers Twitter is adding buy buttons. Instagram is doing the same. Amazon offers same-day grocery delivery in several markets. All of these are retail experiments to discover the ideal strategies that use technology to connect buyers to products in the systems that […]

October 8th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On October 6, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released trade data for August. The export numbers were grim, to say the least. Consider 5 key points: One: Total exports fell in August versus July, with exports falling in seven of the last ten months. Two: Exports were down by 6.4 percent […]

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, […]

October 5th, 2015 by

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) announced his candidacy for president on April 29, 2015. He was elected to the Senate in 2006, after serving 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Where does Senator Sanders stand on key small business issues?   In a July 7, 2015 Des Moines Register interview, Senator Sanders acknowledged […]

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: 9/20, 10/26 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 employ […]

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 […]

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