Blog Posts

  • November 29, 2018
    ITR Economics expects macroeconomic business-cycle decline in the US in 2019. That means a period of slowing economic growth is ahead, with many market sectors likely to present fewer opportunities for expansion. There will also likely be industries that contract over the next 12 to 18...

  • November 26, 2018
    At ITR Economics, our unique four-phase business cycle is a reference that helps your company make the right decisions at the right time. This business cycle is the basis of our Trends Report™, and its phases are fundamental to providing you with appropriate and actionable Management Objectives™....

  • November 21, 2018
    Consumer activity in the US is slowing in its rate of rise, and in conjunction with the slowing rate of business-to-business spending, the US economy as measured by GDP will experience a noticeably softer rate of growth in 2019 compared to 2018. We have tentative peaks in the rates of...

  • November 19, 2018
    ITR is here to help! Understanding the four phases of the business cycle will add to your confidence as you make decisions for your company. As an ITR Trends Report™ subscriber, you’ve become familiar with how ITR presents its analysis of each of the individual markets that make up the...

  • November 13, 2018
    We’re quickly approaching Thanksgiving, and with it, Black Friday. Ah, Black Friday – that magical day when retailers battle to capture a portion of the consumer’s holiday spend. But are retailers gaining share at the expense of profitability? There is no denying that there is a lot...

  • November 13, 2018
    Packed with economic insights, forecasts, Management Objectives™, and strategies, our monthly ITR Economics Trends Report™ gives your business the edge. This industry-leading forecasting publication includes four comprehensive reports – or modules – covering the complete spectrum of today’s...

  • November 8, 2018
    Impending regulation changes by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have the potential to increase global shipping fuel costs by up to 25% as supply and infrastructure are not anticipated to be fully ready for the January 1, 2020, implementation. You may not own a ship, but, as a...

  • November 7, 2018
    Three Things to Know We utilize all sorts of leading indicators. Some are traditional (e.g., the Purchasing Managers Index), some are international (G7 Leading Indicator), and some seem to stop working for us, at least for a while (Housing Starts), so we keep an eye on them. We discuss...

  • November 2, 2018
    The ITR Economics Trends Report™ is a monthly publication that provides economic insights, forecasts, and strategies to give your business the edge. This industry-leading forecasting publication includes four comprehensive reports covering the complete spectrum of today’s U.S. and world...

  • November 2, 2018
    Objectivity is one of the key traits of a good doctor. Physicians tell patients what they need to know, not what they want to hear. Sometimes the patient needs to know a hard truth. Looking into 2019, the premier economic "doctor" currently has an unpleasant prognosis for the global economy...