Category Archives: The State of the Economy

SOF TODAY | Ake’s Take: Are the Fears Inflated?

By | March 29, 2021

You’ve probably seen the headlines about some economists becoming increasingly concerned about inflation. So, should we be concerned?  (Note: please keep reading. This is not one of those in-depth analysis involving T-bills and yield-curves, but more of a big picture, horse-sense type of view.) Definitions The most basic definition of inflation is: Too many dollars… Read More »

The Jobs Smoother: 2020 in the rear-view mirror

By | January 13, 2021

Amazingly, it has been exactly one year since I last did a piece on the monthly jobs report. Then again, the last 12 months were 2020. During the last year, we had such unprecedented levels of employment change that the Jobs Smoother that we typically look at didn’t tell us what we really needed to… Read More »

Boeing’s Troubles With the 737 MAX Were Largely Responsible For the Decline in Orders in May

By | July 1, 2019

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 »

Big Weight Could Be Lifted If a Trade Deal with the U.S. and China Could Be Completed

By | March 25, 2019

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 »

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in December to $59.8 Billion

By | March 11, 2019

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 »

The Fed will Keep the Funds Rate Unchanged

By | January 28, 2019

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 »