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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 transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »

AKE’S TAKE: Getting Back to Where We Were Before

Is this what I’ve been dreaming of Cause I’m needing so much more I’m just trying to get back where we were before – Blessid Union of Souls After the Great Recession some economists claimed the U.S. economy would not suffer the same fate as the Japanese “lost decade,” when it took Japan ten years… Read More »

Monday Morning Coffee: Economic Review Week of July 20-24

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 transportation, freight, and equipment markets.… Read More »

Did the Economy Just Literally Run Out Of Gas?

The Federal Reserve of Atlanta made big news last week when it announced it lowered its forecast for Q1 GDP growth to 0%. Yeah, that’s zip, zero, nada, nothing! Most economists had downgraded their forecasts, but this announcement still was a surprise. Commentators quickly blamed bad weather as the reason. As I have mentioned before,… Read More »

Freight Is Good – But Not Great

At FTR (Freight Transportation Research), we are literally “all about the freight,” no kidding. We believe understanding the freight market is the key to understanding trucking, railroad, intermodal, and, ultimately, the economy. So we are very concerned that the February Industrial Production numbers showed manufacturing output dipped 0.2%, down three months in a row. In… Read More »

I’ve Lost That Economic-Loving Feeling

I’m kind of losing that “economic-loving feeling”. The ISM (Purchasing Managers) Index is weaker, exports are down, construction down, factory orders down, retail sales are below expectations, unemployment claims are up, and the Q4 GDP was revised down to 2.2%. Is this a problem? It’s difficult to tell. The West Coast ports will be backed… Read More »

Strange Happenings in the Class 8 Truck Market

Something strange is happening in the Class 8 truck market. We just had record quarterly orders in Q4, making 2014 the second-highest order year ever. This order deluge has pumped up backlog to the highest point since 2006. So you would expect production in 2015 to get off to a rip-roaring start, with factories going… Read More »