Most Volatile Markets

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What is it?

A calculated visual flag that signifies when specific markets/index combinations exceed a normalized volatility threshold. When the movement of the daily index is considered volatile, the market/index combination is color-coded as a ‘moderate’ or ‘significant’ change in value.


Only the most significant index movements are flagged. Strong increases are color-coded as green, while strong decreases are color-coded as red. Within the market/index square, the top, percent value denotes the weekly index change, while the bottom numeric value represents the current index value.

The following indices are evaluated in the calculation:

  • OTVIW (outbound tender volume index – weekly change)
  • OTRIW (outbound tender reject index – weekly change)
  • HAULW (headhaul index – weekly change)
  • TLTW (tender lead time – weekly change)

Who is interested?

Anyone who is interested in currently volatile freight movements; shippers, brokers, fleet managers, executives of transportation companies, and owner operators.

Anyone who prefers to manage only the data exceptions

What does it tell me?

The Most Volatile Markets Widget specifically identifies the markets and indices that represent the most significant changes on a daily basis. Current and significant index movements suggest potential, structural shifts in market dynamics, inbound/outbound volume balances and capacity in specific markets. The significant changes identified may represent market-leading trends for pricing and/or available capacity.

How is it calculated?

Each daily index value is evaluated against the ‘normal’ volatility for the specific market, over a rolling 52-week period.

What else can I do with it?

View the four(4) indexes in ALL markets by using the filter option to view either ALL markets or only markets with Volatility.

Look at patterns and trends for each of the four(4) indexes, you can launch relevant charts by clicking on the index value.

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