Economic Policy

For nearly thirty years, the ACCF and its research affiliate, the ACCF Center for Policy Research, have brought the message to U.S. and international policymakers, the media, and the public that a nation's strength and stability depend upon well-thought-out economic, regulatory, and environmental policies to promote capital formation, economic growth, and a higher standard of living for all.

Research Publications & Testimony

  • Introduction to Capital Formation 101

    New Report Finds Tax and Regulatory Policies Holding Back Investment and Savings into the U.S. Economy

  • DOL’s Retirement Advice Rule: Helping or Harming Sound Retirement Planning?

    Executive Summary Since the Department of Labor (DOL) originally proposed its fiduciary rule in 2010, one of the focal points in the debate over retirement accounts has been the relationship between financial advisers and their clients, especially in relation to IRAs. Many individuals turn to professional advisers due to the difficulty of handling complicated financial […]

  • Why Is Capital Investment Consistently Weak in the 21st Century U.S. Economy?

    A new report sponsored by the ACCF and completed by The Aspen Institute program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century and the MAPI Foundation explores the various causes of sluggish capital investment, discusses the damaging implications this ongoing trend has had on U.S. productivity and economic growth, and finally suggests policy recommendations to stop the slide.

  • Special Report: Trade Promotion Authority – American Economy & Trade

    The President’s 2014 Trade Policy Agenda stresses the critical role of trade and investment in the Administration’s strategy to create jobs, promote growth and strengthen the middle class. However, Congress has failed to grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the Executive Branch since the last one expired on July 1, 2007. This special report discusses […]

Recent Articles

Energy and Climate Change Policy

ACCF is an internationally recognized economic authority on energy and environmental policy issues. Because energy use and economic growth go hand in hand, policymakers should develop a flexible, long-term approach to reducing the growth of greenhouse gases (GHGs). This will require a global effort based on technological innovation and technology transfer to developing countries where GHG emissions growth is most rapid. In addition, U.S. tax policies should be reformed to reduce the cost of capital for new energy efficient and pollution control technologies.

Research Publications & Testimony

Recent Articles

  • Congressional Letter: Carbon tax would harm U.S. industrial competitiveness with no environmental benefit

    In a letter to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), ACCF Executive Vice President George David Banks highlights ACCF support for climate mitigation and adaptation, but opposes policies that damage the industrial competitiveness of America and harm our middle class and poor. Accordingly, it disagrees with those who promote government regulation and measures like the national carbon tax that simply […]

  • “Conservative” folly: How the carbon tax undermines GOP climate policy

    Most observers would assume that the biggest impediment to creating a comfort zone for the GOP on energy and climate policy would be the climate skeptic or denier, as many far left environmentalists would say.  Surprisingly, this isn’t the case. In reality – and quite ironically, the most significant hurdle to creating a constructive approach […]

  • New Web Video Highlights Ethanol’s Weakened Political Power

    Online Advertising Blitz Ahead of Senate EPW Hearing Latest in ACCF’s Sustained Campaign Spotlighting Failed Ethanol Mandate’s Negative Impacts  WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2016) – A new online ad launched today, sponsored by American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), highlighting corn ethanol’s diminished political influence. The digital ad, “Then vs. Now”, will appear across a number of […]

  • EPA relies on weak methodology to justify proposed methane regulations

    On Feb. 18, 2012, The Economist declared: “The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulations.” These words are still valid today. In fact, in 2014 there were 3,554 final rules published in the Federal Register. Some of these regulations deal with routine matters, but some are classified as major, significant, […]

Tax Policy

For three decades, the American Council for Capital Formation has been a leading and effective advocate of sound economic policies to promote sustained economic growth, job creation, and international competitiveness. With its bipartisan approach, the breadth and diversity of its support in the business community, and long experience working with policymakers and the media, the ACCF has been instrumental in focusing attention on the need for economic policies to enhance capital formation.

Research Publications & Testimony

Recent Articles

  • Introduction to Capital Formation 101

    New Report Finds Tax and Regulatory Policies Holding Back Investment and Savings into the U.S. Economy

  • 4 surprises for tax day

    As the deadline to file federal (and many state) taxes approaches, here are four surprises to consider: 1. Taxes are not a big concern for the American worker. Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center asked people about their “top priorities” for the White House and lawmakers. Seventy-five percent said the economy, while the same percentage said terrorism. […]

  • This Is the Fairest Way to Tax America

    FORTUNE INSIDERS There’s a better way beyond taxing workers’ paychecks. The tax deadline is upon taxpayers this week. Our insufferable forms and surrender of hard earned money to the U.S. Treasury causes one to think that there’s got to be a better way. The hope of tax reform springs eternal; it won’t happen this year […]

  • Op-Ed: Tax extenders on the road to tax reform

    President Obama on Friday signed into law a package of tax extenders costing $622 billion over the next decade. News stories and congressional tax writing committee chairmen heralded the tax extenders legislation as a step forward for tax reform. Is this just more wishful thinking, or more? Think about getting to tax reform as a […]