industrial production

China’s Economy Is Not Crashing, It’s Worse Than That

By |2018-10-19T11:50:19+00:00October 19th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

China’s economy is not crashing. Hyperbole works both ways. Last year and this, the smallest increment above a prior number was broadcast out as the greatest thing ever (US wage growth in particular), irrefutable proof of globally synchronized growth. Now that that’s over with, largely, there will be a tendency toward the other extreme. The [...]

Just The One More Boom Month For IP

By |2018-10-16T18:20:29+00:00October 16th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The calendar last month hadn’t yet run out on US Industrial Production as it had for US Retail Sales. The hurricane interruption of 2017 for industry unlike consumer spending extended into last September. Therefore, the base comparison for 2018 is against that artificial low. As such, US IP rose by 5.1% year-over-year last month. That’s [...]

Further Diverging Productions

By |2018-09-14T16:39:40+00:00September 14th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Industrial Production in the United States increased by 4.9% year-over-year in August 2018. That’s the best for American industry in 92 months going all the way back to December 2010. Hurray for the boom. As with retail sales, August was in position for the best possible monthly comparison. Unlike retail sales, IP has another month [...]

Rebalancing China’s Rebalancing

By |2018-09-14T13:11:22+00:00September 14th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s no longer possible to know what state Chinese industry may be in. This is no small matter. Industrial production in China is the bedrock of economic growth throughout the rest of the world. Without it, there really isn’t anything left to do but struggle. And since industry’s performance there is predicated on demand in [...]

Yes, Sweden Is A Domino

By |2018-09-12T12:17:39+00:00September 12th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Over the weekend, another European nation turned toward the populist direction. It was enough to get one’s attention when Italy did it, but Sweden is something else altogether. The country has been long held out as an exemplar of everything that is right with globalization. They have industry, youth, etc. How in the world could [...]

Japan’s Not Really A Domino, Though The Timing Is Right

By |2018-09-07T17:41:19+00:00September 7th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

This year is just different. Increasingly so. Not just in one or two places, either, but in way too many places. In Japan, for instance, real Household Spending rose by the smallest amount in July, according to the latest estimates from Statistics Japan. In 2017, this would have been a worrisome sign. In 2018, it [...]