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Monday Morning Coffee: If Economic Unease Spreads to the Consumer…

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: 2016–A Year of Economic Volatility?

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: Global Concerns Predominate

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: A Bumpy Landing for Class 8 Trucks

Class 8 truck orders for Q4 are down 46% versus last year. The market that looked so strong just a few months ago, has taken a pronounced downturn recently. Production rates are falling and OEMs are laying off thousands of workers. What is happening, and why is it happening now? Industry and

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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: Global Concern as Fed Prepares to Raise Rates

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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The Wires are Humming with Regulatory Change

Commentary by FTR Partner and Senior Economist, Noël Perry As expected the FMCSA has announced publication of its long-awaited electronic logging devices (ELD) rules.  Although the rules formally take effect now, carriers will have two years before the devices will actually be required.  This timing is consistent with what

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AKE’S TAKE: The Commercial Vehicle Market Cycles Down the Hill

This economic recovery has most assuredly been slow and steady. Just look at GDP growth for the last 5 years: 2010 = 2.5% 2011 = 1.6% 2012 = 2.3% 2013 = 2.2% 2014 = 2.4% 2015 = 2.5% Only 90 basis points of spread over a six-year period. Of course there are fluctuations, but economic…

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Monday Morning Coffee: US Auto Sales Continue to Beat Expectations

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: Economic Matrix Highlights Vulnerability

You can see from the chart above that the U.S. economy is exhibiting a lot of yellow, or cautionary, numbers. This isn’t a surprise given the overall length of the economic recovery. Recoveries slow as they age – point of fact. The chart is a quick indicator of the

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