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Consumer Confidence Takes a Dive

By at 1 October, 2014, 9:26 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Our economic roller-coaster ride continues in so many ways, with the latest being a dive in consumer confidence during September, according to the Conference Board. After hitting in August its highest level since October 2007 – that is, before the last recession – the September measure tumbled to its lowest level […]

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The Importance of India Prime Minister Modi’s Visit

By at 29 September, 2014, 12:49 pm

The Issues Being Discussed Matter to Small Businesses by Raymond J. Keating- Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is scheduled to visit leaders in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 29, and Tuesday, September 30, including dinner with President Barack Obama on Monday night and a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday. Why does […]

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Improved But Still Cautious Signs from Small Business

By at 25 September, 2014, 9:23 pm

by Raymond J. Keating-  This poor economic recovery largely has been a story about declining or subdued entrepreneurial and small business activity. So, when some good news comes up, it’s worth highlighting. And two recent surveys of on small business activity highlighted generally positive developments. First, according to data released early this month, the Thomson […]

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Congress Impeding Trade and Opportunity for Small Business

By at 25 September, 2014, 9:08 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Expanding international trade is vital to U.S. economic growth and to small businesses. For example, growth in U.S. real exports accounted for 30 percent of U.S. real GDP growth from 2001 to 2013, and total trade – that is, exports plus imports – equaled 50 percent of economic growth over the […]

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Keystone XL Matters to Small Business and the Economy

By at 25 September, 2014, 12:48 pm

Six-Year Anniversary of Initial Permit Application is Nothing to Celebrate by Raymond J. Keating- The six-year anniversary of the initial permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline being filed with the U.S. State Department passed largely unnoticed by President Obama and his administration last week (on September 19). However, the Keystone XL Pipeline – along […]

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To Get Competitive, U.S. Has Much Work Ahead on Taxes and Regulations

By at 19 September, 2014, 1:02 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When starting up, investing in and running a business, assorted costs, risks and uncertainties threaten to undermine the enterprise. Among those costs are governmental policies gone awry, including taxes and regulations. Two new studies drive home the huge challenge that entrepreneurs, businesses and investors face in the U.S. when it comes […]

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U.S. Oil Production Keeps Improving And Creating Big Savings

By at 19 September, 2014, 12:22 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Thanks to private-sector investment and innovation in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling opening up shale oil and gas resources, the news just keeps getting better regarding the outlook for U.S. domestic energy production. For example, consider key points on oil production in the latest Short Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. […]

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4 Things That Depress Me About the Federal Reserve

By at 18 September, 2014, 2:39 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released its latest statement on monetary policy on September 17. That release reminded me of four reasons why the Fed depresses me. 1)    The Fed has taken us to a place we’ve never been before. It is an astounding six years now that the Federal […]

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America’s Entrepreneurial Decline

By at 11 September, 2014, 5:42 pm

by Karen Kerrigan- For quite some time, SBE Council has been reporting on the weak state of entrepreneurship in America.  The trend was evident  in our monthly readout of the job numbers, and other data on U.S. business formation.  We are thrilled the House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce, hosted an […]

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FACT OF THE WEEK: July CPI, the Fed, and the Inflation Curve

By at 19 August, 2014, 10:46 am

In July, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers, a standard gauge of inflation, cooled as compared to recent months. CPI rose 0.1 percent for the month. That was the slowest rise since February, as CPI inflation ran at 0.2 percent in March, 0.3 percent in April, 0.4 percent in May and 0.3 […]

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