Business

Owner-operator 2016 income stable, even with downturn

Owner-operator miles and earnings have been steady this year, according to ATBS. Based on clients’ third quarter, annualized net income would top $61,000.

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Trump bests Clinton, aided by trucking support

Support among truckers helped propel businessman and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump to victory. Trucking-based financial contributions also heavily favored Trump.

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Partners in Business tip: Obtain a monthly earnings statement

All of your records should be converted into a profit and loss statement at the end of every month to show miles, revenue, costs and how much money you made or lost.

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‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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FreightWatch: Cargo theft instances climb from same period in 2015

During the third quarter, FreightWatch saw 77 cargo thefts in July, 66 in August and 50 in September.

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Diesel dips a penny, steady near $2.50

Diesel pricing remains around $2.50 a gallon nationally despite a long-term trend of growth in recent months.

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Rates stagnant in October, reefer rates dip to lowest since 2013

Reefer rates fell to $1.97 a mile in October, the first time the segment has fallen below $2 a mile since February 2013. Van and flatbed rates were flat from September, but down year over year.

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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Rate forecast functionality coming to Truckstop.com’s Rate Analysis tool in Q1 2017

The Rate Forecasting tool will allow users to "predict the future" in a sense, offering the ability for carriers and brokers to see with some confidence just "where you’re going with rates," company reps said.

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