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Inflation Remains Flat – Oil Prices Up

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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Tariffs in the next few weeks, could have a big impact over the next few years

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: How the Capacity Crisis was Born

The U.S. trucking industry is experiencing a capacity crisis, with insufficient numbers of trucks and trailers to haul an ever-increasing amount of freight. FTR’s measurement of Total Truck Utilization is currently at 97% (meaning 97% of all trucks are in use). The index is expected to hit 100% later this year

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Trans4Cast: This is the Slow Season?

Wait…This is the slow time for the shipping industry?   Today we’re going to take a look at one of the metrics you see on a weekly basis, the Market Demand Index. The MDI was designed to give us a high level gauge of the supply and demand

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Ake’s Take: How A Sea Change Happens

A sea change happens one drop at a time …   Problems at the Mall I make my annual Christmas shopping trip to the mall around December 10 every year. For at least the last ten years, I have purchased calendars at a kiosk in the mall. I usually buy at least

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Ake’s Take: Christmas Lights Shine for a Bright Economy

An unusual economic indicator that I track is “Outdoor Christmas Lights” (OCLs). OCLs are a coincidental economic indicator, providing information about the current state of the economy. This indicator is only relevant when the economy is getting weaker or growing stronger, and its measurement is highly subjective – more observational than

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Ake’s Take: Commercial Equipment & the “Trump Bump”

Note: This content first appeared in Global Trailer Magazine and was written for a foreign audience.  However, it does give a broad overview of the factors that have influenced commercial vehicle sales this year. The unexpected election of Donald Trump has caused a great deal of political turmoil in the

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Ake’s Take: Don’t Get Too Giddy About GDP Just Yet

GDP has been above 3% for two straight quarters! Business people are giddy with excitement, as business conditions and confidence are at their highest level since the Great Recession. CEOs all the way down to factory workers are hopeful the economy has broken through seven years of the slow-growth recovery and

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AKE’S TAKE: Holding Five Wild Cards and Not Knowing What’s Trump

The following is extracted from an article I wrote for World Trailer Magazine which attempted to describe the impact on the trucking industry (and business) of the election of Donald Trump as POTUS.  While the information below is not “news” to most Americans, it does provide a good summary of

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Monday Morning Coffee: Economy Trend Continues Through 2017

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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