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What is ITR Economics' Methodology?

At ITR, our proprietary business cycle theory, rates-of-change, and leading indicators form the foundation of our services.


"One fundamental feature of our economic analysis is the way we use leading indicators. We usually compute the leading indicators' rates-of-change rather than using their raw data directly. In this way, we uncover a more complete picture of the leading indicator evidence, which helps us to draw more useful conclusions regarding the timing and directionality of business cycle trends." - Lauren Saidel-Baker, Economist. Read more in the blogs below.

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Leading Indicators - Tools for Seeing the Future
Leading Indicators - Tools for Seeing the Future
How to Calculate Your Rates-of-Change
How to Calculate Your Rates-of-Change

Our exclusive four-phase business cycle serves as a reference to help your company make the right decisions at the right time.


Frequently Asked Questions About Rates-of-Change

By ITR Director of Sales & Marketing Kimberly Clark


Why Accurate Forecasting Matters

By ITR CEO Brian Beaulieu


Forecasting the ITR Way vs. The Way You Were Taught

By ITR Director of Sales and Marketing Kimberly Clark


Top 3 Reasons Why ITR Economics Is Not 'Just Another Data Point'

Transparency = Trust: The Getting Naked Approach

By ITR Director of Sales and Marketing Kimberly Clark


For Better Strategic and Financial Planning, Use the Business Cycle

By Economist Lauren Saidel-Baker


ITR Experts Say: Seasonality and Rate-of-Change Analysis

By Economist Lauren Saidel-Baker


Since 1948, we have provided business leaders with economic information, insight, analysis, and strategy. ITR Economics is the oldest privately held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the US. With a knowledge base that spans six decades, we have an uncommon understanding of long-term economic trends as well as best practices ahead of changing market conditions. Our reputation is built on accurate, independent, and objective analysis.