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AAR: August Rail Carloads Up 3.8% YoY, Intermodal Up 5.1% YoY

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AAR: August Rail Carloads Up 3.8% YoY, Intermodal Up 5.1% YoY

From the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Rail Time Indicators. Graphs and excerpts reprinted with permission. August 2018 was yet another good month for rail traffic. U.S. railroads originated 1.39 million carloads in August 2018, up 3.8% (50,335 carloads) over August 2017. …U.S. railroads also originated 1.44 million intermodal containers and trailers in August...
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Annual Vehicle Sales: On Pace to decline in 2018

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Annual Vehicle Sales: On Pace to decline in 2018

The BEA released their estimate of August vehicle sales. The BEA estimated sales of 16.596 million SAAR in August 2018 (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), down 0.6% from the July sales rate, and up 0.9% from August 2017 (August was the weakest sales month last year due to the impact of the hurricanes). Through August,...
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What Are The Different Types of Mortgage Loans For Real Estate Investment?

What Are The Different Types of Mortgage Loans For Real Estate Investment?

Types of Mortgage Loans When you start searching for mortgage options, you will probably find out that there are different types of mortgage loans to choose from. With so many types of mortgage loans, you may most likely don’t know where to begin. You know you need to pick the best mortgage rate, however, you...
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Why Governments Want You to Pay Less Taxes

Why Governments Want You to Pay Less Taxes

How To Lower Property Taxes On Your Home?? There is an entire political discussion around taxes: are they fair or unfair? Are you paying your fair share? During the last election cycle, President Trump received a lot of attention when he said, “I pay no taxes.” But what most people don’t realize is that...
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Oil Rigs: Increase Slightly

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Oil Rigs: Increase Slightly

A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on August 31, 2018:”That’s all, folks!” • This week marks a psychological turning point in the oil cycle • Total oil rigs rose, +2 to 862 • But horizontal oil rigs declined, -1 to 765…• Horizontal oil rigs have gone exactly nowhere in...
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Should You Invest In The Baltimore Real Estate Market?

Should You Invest In The Baltimore Real Estate Market?

Baltimore Real Estate Data Baltimore looms large in American history. First settled in the 1600s, it was one of the largest cities in the U.S. in the colonial era. It is often thought of as a distant suburb of Washington D.C. today, an industrial city on the decline. Yet this city is experiencing a...
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Schedule for Week of September 2, 2018

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Schedule for Week of September 2, 2018

The key report this week is the August employment report on Friday. Other key indicators include the August ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing indexes, August auto sales, and the July trade deficit. —– Monday, Sept 3rd —–All US markets will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. —– Tuesday, Sept 4th —–8:00 AM:...
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Personal Income increased 0.3% in July, Spending increased 0.4%

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Personal Income increased 0.3% in July, Spending increased 0.4%

The BEA released the Personal Income and Outlays report for July: Personal income increased .8 billion (0.3 percent) in July according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased .5 billion (0.3 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased .3 billion (0.4 percent). Real DPI increased 0.2...
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Chemical Activity Barometer “Softens” in August

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Chemical Activity Barometer “Softens” in August

Note: This appears to be a leading indicator for industrial production. From the American Chemistry Council: Chemical Activity Barometer Softens as Pace of Growth Slows The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), was flat in August remaining at 122.14 on a three-month moving average (3MMA)...
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Should You Invest In The Cincinnati Real Estate Market?

Should You Invest In The Cincinnati Real Estate Market?

Cincinnati Real Estate Market Cincinnati is a hot housing market. Cincinnati, like a number of other Midwestern cities is ticked off among those that used to be great. What many don’t know is that these cities are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, whether it is a shift from manufacturing to services or inventing whole...
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