What the Waffle House Index Says About a Storm

As a leading indicator for business activity during a natural disaster, the color coding for the Waffle House Index provides a handy forecast.

An Unusual Economic Indicator: the Chief Expletive Offerer

In conference calls with investors and analysts during the great recession, CEOs expressing curse words more frequently could be an economic indicator.

A Leading Indicator: The Good Side of Traffic Congestion

There might be a good news side to traffic congestion. After all, roads get busier when mall visits increase. Rush hour gets worse when extra people commute. And don’t more package deliveries from UPS, FedEx and the USPS clog up…

The Rent-A-Ship Market

Knowing the price to rent a Handysize can come in handy if you want to measure economic activity. A Handysize is a small cargo ship. The very biggest vessels, called Capes because of the routes they have to take, are…