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Commentary: Freight Market Tightness Points to 3 Possible Economic Outcomes
What Will Earnings Look Like for Fleets This Year?

What Will Earnings Look Like for Fleets This Year?

With our 2019 economics and truck volume forecast in place, where should that take us in terms of earnings, and where are we in the course of the earnings cycle for truckers? Commentary from the February issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

February 1, 2019

Commentary: Welcome to the Year of the Consumer
Commentary: What Tonnage, Carloads and PMI Mean for Freight Demand
6 Trucking Transportation Trends for Now and the Future

6 Trucking Transportation Trends for Now and the Future

John Larkin, investment banker and longtime transportation investment research analyst, outlined the trends he’s seeing in freight transportation, many of which are being driven by the evolution of the retail supply chain.

October 5, 2018

Commentary: 3 Ways HDT is Investing in Your Success
Commentary: 12 Things I Learned in 20 Years with HDT
Analysis: Expect More of the Same From the Economy

Analysis: Expect More of the Same From the Economy

With tax reform enacted, so far GDP has only grown at 2.3% annual rate in the first quarter of 2018, slightly down from the end of 2017. We were hoping for a boost in growth, but so far that hasn't happened. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

May 30, 2018

Analysis: Rising Interest Rates Got You Down?

Barring the U.S economy suddenly slamming on the brakes — and you would be hard-pressed to find any economist or analyst worth their salt who would make such a prediction — interest rates are going to continue to move higher. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

May 7, 2018

Analysis: Could History Repeat Itself With Truck Capacity?

Analysis: Could History Repeat Itself With Truck Capacity?

When you look back just four years ago to 2014, a lot of heavy-trucks were sold. Freight demand had suddenly increased, and everyone was trying to move more cargo. But when 2015 rolled around, things weren’t as rosy.

March 1, 2018

Analysis: Moving Trends Could Shift Freight Patterns
Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

While final economic numbers for 2017 have yet to roll in, economic growth was strong. Will it keep moving higher into the New Year? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

January 2, 2018

Analysis: Freight Payment Index Offers Helpful Regional Benchmark

Analysis: Freight Payment Index Offers Helpful Regional Benchmark

If you want to know how your trucking operation is stacking up against other freight shipping businesses, there is a new barometer available, U.S. Bank's Freight Payment Index, and it offers some features that have not been seen before, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge in his December Hotline column.

December 5, 2017

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

October 6, 2017

Analysis: Why GDP Numbers Are Better Than You Think

Analysis: Why GDP Numbers Are Better Than You Think

In the early 1990s, it was common to hear economists define a healthy economy as one with gross domestic product growth of around 3% annually.These days, when growth gets close to that “magic number,” it’s greeted with a yawn — and it shouldn’t, says business contributing editor Evan Lockridge.

September 13, 2017