Blog posts

  • The 2015 numbers are in... So how'd we do?

    January 8, 2016
    The 2015 numbers are in, so how did our forecasts do? Below we’ve provided forecast results for US, EU, Canada, and Chinese Industrial Production as well as US Housing, US Retail Sales, and US Employment figures. At ITR Economics, our goal is to maintain a minimum 94% forecast accuracy looking...

  • Oil Prices: Good for Consumers, Bad for Biz

    December 16, 2015
    Oil prices recently turned downward again and are trending below $40/bbl in early December. Commodity pricing is weak in general; oil seems to be the poster child for that weakness. The low level of oil is good for motorists and people heating homes and therefore people with a stake in seeing...

  • Big Four Economies? Not so fast...

    November 19, 2015
    The rising trends in the US housing industry, October improvement in the S...

  • Dr. Alan Beaulieu voted one of "Planners' Favorite Speakers!"

    November 18, 2015
    We are very pleased to announce that ITR Economics' President, Dr. Alan Beaulieu, has been voted one of Meeting & Convention Magazine's "Planners' Favorite Speakers!" Meeting planners were asked "Who is the single best speaker you have heard in the past two years?" Alan makes the list along...

  • A Tale of Two Trends

    October 14, 2015
    A tale of two trends. That is what it feels like these days. The consumer-related trends are healthy and pointing toward a growing economy. Other trends, such as Nondefense Capital Goods New Orders, are pointing in the opposite direction. What is a manager to do? Know which leading indicators...

  • What does the economy tell us about the future for Forming & Fabricating?

    October 13, 2015
    In this post, we will explore what the economy has in store for the Forming & Fabricating industries and the trends that should impact business decisions among those in the industry. Annual economic growth in the US, as measured by Industrial Production, has slowed substantially since reaching...

  • Talk About Not Getting Any Respect…

    September 15, 2015
    Europe isn’t getting the economic respect it deserves. Headlines tell us China is devaluing their currency; their currency is down about 2.6% against the US dollar since July. Neglected, is the approximately 2.3% decline in the euro versus the USD since July. Why the focus on China and not Europe...

  • Subscriber Bulletin: Stocks, Oil, China, and the US Economy

    August 25, 2015
    A chain of events culminating with China’s recent currency devaluation and follow-on decline in commodity prices/share prices across the globe has created fear and consternation for decision makers. The view to the future is not as clear as it was a few days ago. A more detailed analysis of what is...

  • China devaluates currency - what does it mean for the US Macroeconomic Outlook?

    August 19, 2015
    The Chinese devalued their currency a few days ago. The change in policy appears to be an attempt to stimulate China’s exports in light of the ongoing cyclical weakness in that economy. Two consequences to the currency change are 1) a stronger US dollar and 2) weaker oil prices. Neither consequence...

  • Press Release: ITR Economics and Chief Outsiders Announce Partnership for Mid-sized Business Growth

    July 22, 2015
    Top economists and fractional marketing execs combine resources to better serve CEOs. Manchester NH, and Houston Texas - July 22, 2015. ITR Economics and Chief Outsiders, LLC, today announced a partnership beginning August 1, 2015 to help mid-sized companies grow their businesses faster.  The...