Keating’s CyberColumn

September 24th, 2015 by

A look at industrial production and durable goods by Raymond J. Keating- Ever since the recession officially ended in mid-2009, we’ve heard a great deal of happy talk about the economy, and that better growth is just ahead. But, of course, the reality has been quite different. Specifically, this has been one of the worst […]

September 22nd, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The American people are far more concerned that government regulates business too much than being worried that business is not regulated enough. Indeed, according to a new Gallup poll, by a better than 2-to-1 margin, Americans see government as regulating business too much rather than regulating too little. Consider 4 key […]

September 10th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Poke around financial market news of late, and it’s nearly impossible to not read or hear predictions about whether or not the Federal Reserve will inch up the federal funds rate (the overnight interest rate at which depository institutions lend reserve balances to other depository institutions) at its September 16-17 meeting. […]

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 […]

August 11th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating-  The Congressional Budget Office released its latest Monthly Budget Review on August 7. Coupled with the CBO’s Long Term Budget Outlookand historical numbers, let’s take a look at where the U.S. is on federal spending. Here are 5 key points to keep in mind: Spending Up in 2015.  Through the first […]

August 7th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- After a poor GDP report released at the end of last month – see SBE Council’s analysis here – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment estimates for July. The headline? The establishment survey showed a gain of 215,000 in payroll employment, and the household survey pointed to the […]

July 30th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic growth continued to perform poorly in the second quarter of this year – extending what amounts to a lost decade-and-a-half for the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its first (advance) estimate of second quarter GDP, and once again, real growth badly underperformed at 2.3 percent. Consider key […]

July 16th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There was a flurry of economic information from the Federal Reserve on July 15, and despite efforts by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to spin matters in a positive direction, there seems to be little to be truly upbeat about here. Industrial Production First, the June industrial production data showed that […]

July 6th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Many experts were taken off guard when 61 percent of Greek voters rejected creditor’s proposals in a national referendum on Sunday (July 5). This followed on Greece missing its loan payment to the International Monetary Fund on June 30, effectively being in default. And looking ahead to the next big date, […]

July 2nd, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Be skeptical of some of the joyous headlines you might be seeing in the media about strong job creation. Yes, there was job growth in June. But the employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released on July 2 is packed with troubling data. The establishment (or payroll) […]

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