"The data are not seasonally adjusted so when you actually take a look at the levels, they are all the way down to where they were in 1993." Yet recent data undoubtedly had the benefit of the Cash for Clunkers subsidy, which is now dead and buried. Upcoming freight data will be even worse.
So now we know that not only is international trade at cataclysmic levels (which is why none of our "trading partners" care much about what depths the dollar may plumb any time soon), but also that internal freight is at nearly three decade lows. And one is supposed to build a recovery on this? Where is Warren Buffett to discuss his one favorite forward looking metric? Apparently not even he cares about traditional valuation metrics, when he has some conflicts of interest regarding the financial system which is running not so much on a healthy economy but merely on governmental payments going directly into reserve accounts and bonus checks.