United States Auto Loan Debt: Q3 2017 – at Record High and Increasing

The latest data shows United States auto loan debt increased by $19.3 billion to $1111.9 billion in Q3 2017. See more:

Transports Weaken, a Caution Signal

The transport sector, which is one sector we can watch to gain insight on the direction of the economy, is showing signs of hesitation. This post is quick focus on the long trend for the transportation sector. The following chart is the relative performance of the transportation ETF (XTN) against the S&P 500 Guggenheim Equal […]

Baltic Dry Index Turning Bullish?

The baltic dry index has been in a downtrend for six years with price falling from approximately 11500 all the way to just 500. However, price appears to have finally broken out of this downtrend – if it holds this would indicate a significant trend change to the bullish side. On the chart above I have […]

Step by Step: How Elon Musk Built His Empire

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist “The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.” – Peter Thiel in “Zero to […]

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

By JEFF DESJARDINS at Visual Capitalist ROBOT MARKET GROWING AT 15%, WITH 1.3 MILLION NEW INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INSTALLATIONS BY 2018 The market for industrial robot installations has been on a skyward trend since 2009, and it is not expected to slow down any time soon. According to the World Robotics 2015 report, the market for industrial […]

The Shipping News Says the World Economy Is Toast

By Bloomberg’s Mark Gilbert In October 2008, as the repercussions of the financial crisis were starting to ripple through the global economy, I noticed a press release from Swedish truckmaker Volvo saying that its European order book had fallen by more than 99 percent between the third quarters of 2007 and 2008 — to just 155 […]

US Auto Stocks Sink – Signal Domestic Economy is Weakening

The auto industry, including stocks such as General Motors, appear to be taking a turn for the worse. Of note, autos were one of the leaders in the recent stock market flop. This does not bode well and signals the domestic economy is weakening. Autos have been a major driving force of US economic growth for […]

US Truckers and Railroads Indicate Weakening Economy

Transports are a good indicator of the underlying economy – in a healthy robust economy more goods, commodities etc. are transported and shipped around. This is reflected in transportation stocks, particularly railroads and truckers. Right now they are saying the economy is weakening. Transports have enjoyed an upwards trajectory for the past five years. However, in […]