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Investment Across Borders: U.S. Challenges on Foreign Investment

By at 20 August, 2014, 10:50 am

by Raymond J. Keating- In our global economy, goods and services flow across borders and so does investment. Investors and businesses can seek opportunities around the globe to enhance efficiencies and boost returns. A report from the U.S. Treasury Department on August 15 generated some news regarding U.S. investment outflows. As noted in a Bloomberg […]


Can Hawaii Make History in Both Politics and Policy?

By at 13 August, 2014, 7:36 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- In any state, it’s pretty rare to see a sitting governor get ousted by his own party in a primary. But that’s exactly what happened to Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat. In fact, when State Sen. David Ige defeated Abercrombie on August 9, history was made, as no governor in […]


Vacation Time and the Entrepreneur

By at 5 August, 2014, 12:27 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Starting up and operating your own business requires a tremendous investment in time for most entrepreneurs.  Still, there is the need to occasionally get away from things, at least to some degree, in order to rest and re-energize. A new Gallup poll provides some interesting information on vacations for microbusiness owners, […]


Key Points from Second Quarter GDP

By at 1 August, 2014, 8:09 am

by Raymond J. Keating- As widely expected, real GDP growth bounced back in the second quarter – to a rate of 4.0 percent compared to the revised decline of 2.1 percent in the first quarter. Wouldn’t it have been nice if we had experienced 4 percent growth throughout this recovery that started back in mid-2009? […]


5 Quick Rules on Tax Reform for Entrepreneurs and Small Business

By at 28 July, 2014, 9:00 am

by Raymond J. Keating- There’s a great deal of political talk about tax reform these days. Whether this is mere posturing or a precursor to real legislative action is an open question, to say the least. But as the debate and discussion continues, tax reform advocates must not ignore entrepreneurs and small businesses. So, here […]


Entrepreneurship, Immigration Reform and the Economy

By at 21 July, 2014, 9:21 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The debate over immigration reform often strays from sound economics, and gets lost in misguided politics and faulty economic thinking. Indeed, it’s important to stay focused on the actual economics of immigration, including that immigrants overwhelmingly come to the U.S. seeking greater economic opportunity; they largely complement, rather than replace, native-born […]


Challenges and Opportunities on Trade

By at 9 July, 2014, 2:52 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- The importance of trade to the U.S. economy should not be underestimated. From 2000 to 2013, for example, the growth in real U.S. exports equaled 23 percent of the growth in real GDP, and the expansion in real total trade (i.e., exports plus imports) came in at 44 percent of real […]


The Constitution Reigns in Key Cases at the Supreme Court

By at 30 June, 2014, 8:40 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- It happens far less than it obviously should, but in key decisions published by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June, freedom and the U.S. Constitution reigned, for the most part. This was good news for small businesses and workers. NLRB v. Noel Canning. In a Supreme Court usually […]


The EPA’s War on Small Business

By at 4 June, 2014, 2:06 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- We’ve heard a lot about the Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal.” And that certainly has been and continues to be the case. But in the shadows of the EPA’s proposed regulatory dictates forcing a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from existing power plants from 2005 levels by 2030, it […]


ObamaCare Ills are Mounting

By at 22 May, 2014, 7:36 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- During the debate over ObamaCare, President Obama and supporters made a lot of promises in their efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act. The big claims were that health care costs and spending would decline, and the government’s fiscal health would be improved. Consumers would be able to keep their insurance […]


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