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

Recent Articles

  • Nash: The stealth devaluation inside China’s currency basket

    By Tony Nash and Worth Wray The People’s Bank of China caught the world off guard with its announcement Dec. 11 that the yuan’s exchange rate will no longer be managed in reference just to the U.S. dollar, but instead to a basket of currencies that includes the Russian ruble, Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit […]

  • Nash discusses Federal Reserve’s decision to hike interest rates

    ACCF Senior Adviser for International Economic Policy Tony Nash discusses the Federal Reserve’s decision to hike interest rates. He speaks with Bloomberg TV Malaysia’s Sophie Kamaruddin and Han Tan.  

  • Op-Ed: Labor Department retirement rule may not be in consumers’ best interest

    The recently re-proposed DOL fiduciary rule, meant to protect the retirement savings of individuals, might not be in consumers’ best interests. The DOL rule should be more fully analyzed and adjustments made to ensure that low- and moderate income individuals are not priced out of personalized guidance and advice.

  • An opposing view on DOL Fiduciary Rule

    The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), an advocate for American business, has issued a paper highly critical of the DOL’s rule. “Will Proposed DOL Fiduciary Rule Help or Harm Sound Retirement Planning?” invokes the possible unintended consequences of the DOL’s rule that “could worsen U.S. savings and retirement rates” and says the fiduciary rule as proposed may not serve the best interest of consumers.

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

  • 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, […]

  • Op-Ed: Liquefied natural gas exports signal a new era of US energy

    The next few months will mark a significant time in the history of America’s complex bond with natural gas. This month, Cheniere Energy announced they will commence the loading and transport of the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe from their Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. Costing between $9.9 billion and […]

  • VIDEO: After Corn Ethanol’s Crushing Defeat, Will Congress Repeal Mandate?

    Iowans signaled a clear message this week: Whatever political influence ethanol lobby once had is now gone. Big Corn’s crushing defeat, highlighted in a new online-exclusive video, comes at the hands of voters in America’s largest corn-producing state and paves a clear path for congressional repeal. For years, presidential candidates and politicians have bowed before […]

  • Manufacturers Tout GHG Cuts As White House Eyes Regulatory Roadmap

    A coalition of multinational manufacturing companies has unveiled commitments to curb greenhouse gases, a move that could aid White House efforts to develop a roadmap for the next round of greenhouse gas rules focused on the manufacturing sector, though sources familiar with the manufacturers’ initiative say the two processes are not aligned. During the Paris […]

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

  • 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 […]

  • Models for Kevin Brady on Leading the House Ways and Means Committee

    What kind of chairman will Rep. Kevin Brady (R., Tex.) be of the House Committee on Ways and Means? His predecessors offer dozens of models.

  • As Speaker, Paul Ryan Can Finally Get Tax Overhaul Done

    Washingtonians agree almost universally on two political phenomena: The House Republican conference is ungovernable, and tax reform is dead. That was yesterday. In a matter of days we will have Speaker Paul Ryan, whose track record shows a man that may make the impossible happen. This is based on three key assets.

  • Where Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Falls Short

    Donald Trump calls his tax plan “phenomenal.” Does it pass three tests of economists and policy wonks? 1. Simplicity. The U.S. tax code is 74,608 pages. There’s wide agreement that it needs simplification. Taking people off the tax rolls is the easiest way to simplify compliance. Mr. Trump’s plan would eliminate federal income taxes for […]