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Electric Engines: The Future is Here

This is the beginning of a series of articles on electric vehicles. This is not meant to be an engineering series but a more general look that focuses on the broader history, the present situation, future uses, and potential problems of the new “Electric Age.”

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Morning Coffee: Wall Street Ends Lower in Three Major Indexes

Wall Street ended Friday with all 3 major indexes more than 3% lower, as Federal Reserve Chief Jerome Powell’s signal that the central bank would keep on hiking rates to tame inflation nixed hopes for a more modest path among investors.
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The Economy: Recession? Or a Near Miss?

FTR Expert Steve Graham takes a look at how close we are to a recession and whether we could avoid it entirely.

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2022 Mid-Year Look Around

FTR Expert Steve Graham weighs in on how things look economically as we reach the halfway point of 2022.

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Insights: Coal Industry

Coal will continue to be a significant commodity for railroads in the immediate future, but it will never return to the dominant position that it held in the twentieth century.
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Enemy No. 1: Inflation

If economists and central bankers had a “Public Enemy” category, like INTERPOL or the FBI do, inflation would undoubtedly be elected the No. 1 enemy of the people.

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Insights: Construction Industry

The construction sector began a strong rally before the pandemic and made a rapid recovery as the economy opened back up. Construction is poised for strong growth over the next two years.
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Insights: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russias invasion of Ukraine sent energy prices skyrocketing in a U.S. economy already reeling from inflation. War injects further uncertainty into the outlook, but a sizable negative effect on the economy and freight is hardly a sure bet.
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Transportation Update | March 2022

The U.S. economy adds 678,000 payroll jobs in February.

Crude, diesel prices soar in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
Retail inventories see another solid increase.

The surge in new trucking companies continues in February.

Volatility is the order of the day for rail volumes.

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Semiconductors: What Are They and Why Is There a Shortage?

It is widely known that there is a shortage of semiconductors on a global scale that is affecting production in a host of industries. Goldman Sachs says 169 industries are affected by the crunch. The poster child for the shortage seems to be the global auto manufacturing industry, where lost production affects tens of thousands of workers and a great deal of lost revenue.

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