Keating’s CyberColumn

November 24th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Can we stop messing around, and finally get serious about this economy? At the very least, the U.S. has suffered a lost nine years. More accurately, we’ve basically suffered a lost decade-and-a-half (with only a couple of years of solid growth over that period). The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released […]

November 6th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report for October, released on November 6, offered some solid, welcome news. Indeed, it’s hard to find any significant negatives in this report – at least for one month. Payrolls Up According to the establishment survey, payrolls increased by 271,000 in October. That beat market […]

October 29th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The economy once again slowed in the third quarter, with real GDP growth coming in at a mere 1.5 percent, according to the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released on October 29. Consider 5 key takeaways: Slow Growth for 2015 That 1.5 percent growth rate followed on […]

October 15th, 2015 by

by Raymond J. Keating Politicians love small business. How do we know this? Most will take any opportunity to declare their deep affection for entrepreneurs and Main Street enterprises, with many also pointing to all kinds of legislation and programs they’ve proposed or supported as evidence. Unfortunately, such declarations and programs too often amount to […]

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 […]

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