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A Real Economic Recovery Has Begun – Finally!

I was sitting in my Northeast Ohio office in 1986 when the building began to shake. I ran out into a hallway where a group of my alarmed coworkers had gathered. “What was that?” someone asked. “I’m not sure because I’ve never experienced one before, but I think we

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FTR Monday Morning Coffee Blog — Economic Review of April 14-18

Welcome to FTR’s “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog. The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases. Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the

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FTR Monday Morning Coffee Blog — Economic Review of April 7-11

Welcome to FTR’s  “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog.  The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases.  Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the

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FTR Monday Morning Coffee Blog — Economic Review of Week of March 31-April 4

Welcome to FTR’s  “Monday Morning Coffee “ blog.  The following article is designed to keep busy executives up to date with the latest economic data releases.  Released every Monday, this blog promises to keep our clientele updated with the latest weekly economic news and developments, highlighting its impact on the

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This Trucking Market Is Feeling Good Again

As I entered the exhibit hall at the Mid-America Truck Show last week, I could almost hear the Truck Market singing: I never seen such a beautiful day Looked like everything is coming my way Feel like a bird just leaving a cage Looks like my luck is Getting ready

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Housing is Still Lagging, Not Leading This Economy

The housing market keeps sputtering along.  While disappointing, this should not be surprising.  Housing was the last big segment to hit bottom.  This was a bubble-busted collapse. Housing had so far to fall that it did not hit bottom until the recession was almost officially over.  Housing starts were still

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Trying to Break Through All the Caution

We Were Raided Once upon a time there was a land where the people lived a very care-free life. There was dancing and parties and frivolity. People built houses and businesses and careers. And the moneymakers took risks, even big risks, with no fear of any harm. Then without warning

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The Competition for Drivers is Even Bigger Than You Think

Last month I attended the Chicago FED Economic Outlook Symposium. During a presentation on the steel industry, the speaker noted that companies are having problems hiring enough production workers. Then, during a presentation on the housing industry, the speaker noted that builders can’t find enough skilled tradesmen for the

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