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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, […]


President Obama and Taxes

By at 22 January, 2015, 10:27 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Given his track record on the issue, President Obama did not surprise with his proposals on taxes during his State of the Union, but he did disappoint. While short on details in the actual speech, the same tax themes that the President has pushed throughout his administration came through in this […]


Fact of the Week: Small Business Transactions Up in 2014

By at 22 January, 2015, 12:21 am, a business-for-sale marketplace, reported on January 9 that “that small business transactions reached record levels in 2014 as brokers reported the highest number of businesses changing hands since BizBuySell started tracking data in 2007.” Additionally: “According to BizBuysell, the buying and selling of small businesses increased over 6% in 2014, compared with 2013. This […]


President Obama Pushes Trade

By at 21 January, 2015, 11:44 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade is a big deal for the economy, and for small businesses. Consider that from 2004 to 2013, growth in real exports accounted for 37 percent of real U.S. GDP growth. Factor in growth in imports, and total trade growth (exports plus imports) equaled 58 percent of real economic growth. […]


Three Business Lessons About Invention and Innovation

By at 19 January, 2015, 10:34 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Innovation doesn’t just happen. It not only requires vision, talent and creativity, but also discipline, hard work, tenacity and an understanding of the marketplace. Consider three points that should help entrepreneurs and managers to think more clearly on innovation. Lesson 1: Invention and innovation are not the same. Invention and innovation […]


Good News for Entrepreneurs: Venture Capital Growing

By at 14 January, 2015, 11:59 am

by Raymond J. Keating- On January 12, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released its first sets of data for the completed 2014, i.e., for venture capital funds raised and venture IPO exits. As for capital raised, as the NVCA reported, “Venture capital firms raised $29.8 billion from 254 funds during full year 2014, a […]


U.S. Energy Infrastructure Needs

By at 2 January, 2015, 6:43 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Investment and innovation in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have generated an energy revolution in the U.S. over the past decade. But even more investment is needed to fully capitalize on this revolution. That not only means further efficiencies in extraction technologies, but in infrastructure, i.e., the means to get U.S. […]


Tax Reform in 2015!

By at 2 January, 2015, 11:24 am

Congress returns to Capitol Hill soon, and SBE Council is reminding Members to do their job and reform our complex and noncompetitive tax system NOW! True tax reform in 2015 would be a huge positive for entrepreneurs, businesses of all types and sizes, investors, workers and job seekers, and the overall economy. There are high […]


The Christmas Gift of Lower Gas Prices

By at 22 December, 2014, 12:16 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The price of oil has dropped by nearly half over the past five months – from nearly $107 a barrel to roughly $56. Naturally, we’ve seen a drop in the price of gasoline at the pump as well. The national average price of a gallon of regular gas, for example, has […]


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