Category Archives: The State of the Economy

Trans4Cast – Economic Outlook: Stable Growth … with Risks

By | November 16, 2017

Recent webinars in the FTR State of Freight series have focused on the outcomes for economic growth in 2018, along with a discussion of some of the inherent risks. Overall, the consensus is that the economic outlook looks healthy for 2018. In addition to getting the valuable opinions of FTR’s Industry Experts, we also like to… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Industrial Activity on the Mend

By | November 14, 2017

At the beginning of November we got the ISM Manufacturing Index results for last month that showed that the strong manufacturing segment is continuing. In the middle of last month we got the official September Industrial Production results from the Federal Reserve. While August was notably negative, the September numbers were once again in the… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Another Strong Showing for Manufacturers

By | November 10, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the September full report on manufacturers shipments, inventories and orders which is a reliable barometer on the health of the economy reporting the month to month change in new orders for manufactured goods. Strong Demand Overall, September orders came in at an increase of $6.5 billion, or 1.4%,… Read More »

AKE’S TAKE: Super Gridlock is Super Good for Business

By | October 10, 2017

A panelist at the recent FTR Transportation Conference reminded us that businesses like it when the government stays out of “their business.” He said companies were benefiting from the new “hands off” environment. He claimed this had improved business confidence, and, more importantly, business performance. We have seen these conditions before, usually when power in… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Hurricanes: Production Impacts and The Recovery

By | September 21, 2017

Industrial Production figures for August came out on Friday and the topline news wasn’t positive. Nor should you have expected it to be. Hurricane Harvey shut down a major industrial center for nearly 2 weeks and had impacts that spread out both before and after it. That means that August production was impacted for at… Read More »

Trans4Cast – Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture

By | September 18, 2017

Spot market activity has certainly turned around over the last year. Contract markets are slowly adjusting as well. Can we keep the growth going if the industrial sector doesn’t show further improvement? Industrial Activity Points to a Mixed Picture The July report of Industrial Production put out by the Federal Reserve came out on Thursday.… Read More »

AKE’S TAKE: Step Right Up and Pick Your Favorite Economic Indicator

By | June 8, 2017

Pick an indicator, any indicator… Flatbed Freight I recently attended a conference for flatbed fleets owners. These small business owners are extremely bullish on flatbed freight in the second half of the year. Their rosy business outlook mirrors some of the small business confidence surveys that have been reported. This is significant, because flatbed trailers… Read More »