From Baseball Cards to Building Materials: A Tale of Price Surges, Economic Trends, and the Outlook for 2024

  • November 16, 2023
  • by Nick Allison, Analytics Manager

I used to collect sports cards as a kid, begging my mother to buy my brothers and me a pack at the store. I’d look into all the nooks and crannies for some quarters to buy a pack and put baseball cards on my Christmas list. I vividly remember my excitement opening a pack of […]

Economic Focus: Why Housing Won’t Crumble – A Rational Look at US Supply & Demand

  • August 12, 2022
  • by Nick Allison, Analytics Manager

With headlines about GDP, arguments about definitions of recession and whether or not we are in a recession (we won’t get into that today), inflation at the highest levels in my lifetime (based on CPI) and painful gas prices, many in our industry might be concerned about the outlook for the housing moving forward. Those […]

Where’s This Wild Ride Taking Us?

  • December 9, 2021
  • by Nick Allison, Analytics Manager

As a child visiting Disney World, I really enjoyed Space Mountain, but my favorite attraction was Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I was shattered as an adult to learn that the attraction had been closed in 1998. However, another wild ride continues — the wild ride for domestic hardwood plywood producers. Like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, […]

Swollen Laptop Batteries?

  • March 5, 2021
  • by Columbia Forest Products

If you’ve ever had a laptop case expand, a trackpad malfunction, or a phone screen popping out, your device may be suffering from a swollen battery. Many devices use lithium-ion batteries, which can swell for a variety of reasons such as age, manufacturing issues, continuous charging over time (always plugged in), or if the wrong […]