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Trans4Cast: Employment is Strong, Why isn’t Freight?

The employment numbers for February came out last Friday, and the numbers looked good. U.S. businesses added another 242,000 jobs in February, an improvement over the 172,000 added in January. The monthly numbers are volatile but if you average the recent months you get monthly gains of 228,000 over the last 3 months

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Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Expansion Continues

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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AKE’S TAKE: Officially (by me) a Manufacturing Recession

The term “manufacturing recession” started appearing more frequently in economic articles and discussions beginning last October. It is an odd expression from an economist’s standpoint. If the entire economy were in recession, then it would just be a recession. Consequently, for just a manufacturing recession to exist, the non-manufacturing

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Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Picture is a Little Brighter

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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Monday Morning Coffee: Decent Week for Economic Data

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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Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Review

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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Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Review

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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Trans4Cast: Interpreting the Chicago Fed National Activity Index

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago puts out a very useful piece of information each month. It is called the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) and it is a great barometer of overall health of the United States. One of the main reasons why it is such a useful

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AKE’S TAKE: Controlling the Greased Pig

Many important economic indicators are showing an obvious negative trend. If you would have seen this trend in the past (before the Great Recession) you would have concluded a recession was imminent, and most times, you would have been correct. Our current conditions point to recession under normal circumstances, but

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Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Review

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