Softwood Framing Lumber Market Forecasts & Trading Strategies

The Lumber Market is Easy to Beat When You Know What's Coming.

The softwood framing lumber market is not a game for sissies. It’s volatility can make a grown man cry and a grown woman pull her hair out. It is ripe with disruption, distractions and delusions. Where others see chaos, we see opportunity to cash in. Those opportunities are prepared twice each week in LLG’s FORECAST (Sunday) & BRIEFING (Wednesday).

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Proven Experience, Tried, Tested and True

I have no competition...literally. Either not enough people care to know when the price of lumber will rise and fall, or no one can do it any better; or both. Every year that passes, LLG gets better and makes it more difficult for a knock off or start-up to claim the title of the most read, trusted, and ONLY Softwood Framing Lumber Market Forecast PROJECTING WHEN prices will rise and fall.

You need look no further. This is the only option. 30 years of proven experience and 86% accuracy speaks for itself.

Restricted Memberships

Currently LLG membership is restricted to 300 companies. The reason is, the small distribution to less than 10% of the market prevents dilution of the forecasts and creates a community of exclusivity.

Members include producers, wholesalers, brokers, contractor yards, retail lumber dealers (LBM’s), wood preservers, component manufacturers, production builders, multi-family developers, turnkey framers, remanufacturers and portfolio managers.

How You Can Get Started

I’ll admit to not being fond of rejection, so I try to eliminate it. Our marketing strategy is simple. Try LLG for 2-months free. You will make money from the guidance before making any commitment...my personal promise. If you find the experience informative and profitable, you stay. If not, you go. We would prefer you ask us to join rather than us asking you.

What You Get...

Twice Weekly LLG’s Lumber Market FORECASTS & BRIEFINGS

The weekly FORECAST is a plunge into the deep end, covering Southern Yellow Pine lumber, Western US Dry Fir species, Green Doug Fir, Eastern and Western Canadian SPF, European lumber, and OSB from the U.S. & Canada.

Additionally we analyze Lumber Futures. The Volatility Index prepares readers for ranges of price change. The Framing Composite Index prepares builders for future lumber locks.

We dissect housing data, carload and truckload transportation, we point out historical trends as well as where we are in the Preparatory and Demand Cycle. Then it's all wrapped up nice and neat into a trading strategy just for you.

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What People Are Saying About My Forecasts

Hundreds of lumber producers, wholesalers, lumber dealers, wood preservers, component manufacturers, and builders read these forecasts each week. Here's what they have to say:

"While attempting to forecast the lumber market is the main reason we subscribe to your publication, we also like to have a little insight as to the reasons why the market is moving in one way or another. The research done to establish your estimated decision points helps in our analysis of what we need to cover now and what we should wait on."

- Chris Jones, President, Framing Square Lumber

"The Layman’s Lumber Guide helps me and my staff optimize our lumber purchasing. I also have a treated lumber wholesale business and it helps me to inform my customers on where I feel the lumber market is going"

- Paul Taylor, Marine Building Supply

"Thank you Matt, I am glad I took your advice in November and bought heavy, that was a great call. Now we are buying as little as possible until something changes. Soon we will see the numbers go down. Thanks again for your knowledge and expertise."

- Chris Estridge, Estridge Deck and Patio

"I just want to say thank you for sharing what you've worked long and hard to build with all of us. I thought it was well worth the time and money. I've got a lot of respect for what you've done and for the courage you have to put your ideas out there for better or worse. It's been very helpful to me and Townsend Building Supply over the years. I hope that I can play a part in continuing to pass on the tradition of the "thinking lumberman!"

- Rob Eaton, Director of Purchasing and Business Analytics, Townsend Building Supply

"I am not sure how many years I’ve been a member. Or how it came to be. But I have enjoyed reading your column and have always used it as a guide in doing my job. We are a small location, so I wear many hats, so my time is tight and I feel you have helped me to keep my finger on the pulse. But it goes way beyond that. I felt connected with you in a way, the way you shared your life stories. Reading about your boys growing up the same time my children were. You have just been a calming influence when at times you feel that things are coming apart. Thank you for everything."

- Paul Faust, East Side Lumber

"I get your guide for several reasons. 1) I get a perspective (your personal perspective) that I don't get from other market reports. 2) You are not afraid to stick your neck out and make a prediction. 3) The most important single piece of information for me is the "% Sales / Production Ratio" by product. I have been unable to find this info stated as simply from any other source. It pretty much tells me everything I want to know about the market in a glance. Keep up the good work!"

- Joe Ferreira, Hagle Lumber Co., Inc.

About Layman's Lumber Guide

Matt Layman has worked in lumber commodities for nearly four decades, drawing on a wealth of real-world experience.

Layman’s Lumber Guide is the industry's most prominent and reliable lumber market analyses and forecasts, covering Southern Yellow Pine lumber, Canadian SPF lumber, Western US lumber and OSB...projecting "WHEN" lumber & OSB prices will most likely reverse or accelerate trends with 86% accuracy (+/- one week) since 1992.

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