global trade

A Long Dollar Story: China’s Short Profits, Prices, and Producers

By |2018-09-10T16:59:18+00:00September 10th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

For the first half of the Great “Recession”, China and the rest of the EM world seemed immune. It was American subprime mortgages that we were told was causing all the problems, and if European banks had somehow gotten themselves entangled in the rotten real estate mess so much the better for where growth was [...]

More Dominos

By |2018-09-05T12:54:45+00:00September 5th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

You get the impression often that these guys have no idea what drives the dollar. They cling to all sorts of theories, of course, from interest rate differentials to perceptions of economic strength. That seemed to be the case in 2017 and its “weak dollar” environment. Globally synchronized growth would mean potency pretty much everywhere, [...]

Crude Dollar Trade

By |2018-09-05T11:22:46+00:00September 5th, 2018|Commodities, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

On November 7, 1973, President Richard Nixon addressed the nation via a broadcast television appearance. The topic wasn’t what you might think. Rather than trying to reassure Americans about the unfolding Watergate scandal, Nixon instead attempted to encourage the country about its energy situation. The month before, Egypt and Syria had launched a surprise attack [...]

The First Global Domino Tips

By |2018-08-31T12:38:35+00:00August 31st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s hard to believe it was only about three months ago. Time flies when disaster unfolds all around you. In early June, Brazil’s central bank arranged a press conference where its President Ilan Goldfajn would set everyone straight. The currency was falling, he admitted, but it would be easily handled by closely following the Portuguese [...]

What Chinese Trade Shows Us About SHIBOR

By |2018-08-08T12:35:57+00:00August 8th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why is SHIBOR falling from an economic perspective? Simple again. China’s growth both on its own and as a reflection of actual global growth has stalled. And in a dynamic, non-linear world stalled equals trouble. Going all the way back to early 2017, there’s been no acceleration (and more than a little deceleration). The reflation [...]

There Is Only One Global Trade War

By |2018-06-27T12:22:14+00:00June 27th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

IHS Markit reported last week that its composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rebounded slightly in its first reading for June 2018. In January, the index had managed nearly 59, the highest in a very long time. It was taken as a definitive sign that Europe’s economy was not only booming, that boom was sustainable. Global [...]

US Trade Settles Down Again

By |2018-06-06T15:30:48+00:00June 6th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

US trade is further leveling off after several months of artificial intrusions. On the import side, in particular, first was a very large and obvious boost following last year’s big hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. Starting in September 2017, for four months the value of imported goods jumped by an enormous 8.3% (revised, seasonally-adjusted). Most [...]