[Emil’s Summary] Life is full of problems. And when particularly irritated by them, we turn to professionals for help. Sure, men – especially the married kind – will insist they can take care of it. Plumbing? No problem. The Johnson-rod is loose in the car? I got it. Open wound with compound bone fracture? Rub some dirt on it. Still, eventually even men will get to a point when they’ll ask for directions, because what can be done – they built the city all wrong. And so, when the technical expert is called we damn well expect they’ve got a toolbox of specialized, effective gadgets.
For example, those tooth-yanking sadists are expected to make small talk about The Marathon Man while utilizing a tray of mouth mirrors, sickle probes, scalers and saliva ejectors. Go to the stables and you’ll see brushes, sweat scrapers, hoof picks, deworming pastes, fly bonnets and liniments that will give your mare that glossy finish. One expects the same of our monetary technocrats. Their toolkit – you’d EXPECT – to hold a printing press, bond certificates, gold, as well as maps and barometers identifying the specification, production, distribution and utilization of modern money.
In this 21st episode of Making Sense, Jeff Snider tells us what IS in the monetary toolkit after spending a professional lifetime reading meeting minutes, transcripts and speeches. What’s in there? Yeah, Magic-8 Ball. A rubber duck. Prayer book, of course. Half-eaten egg-salad sandwich. And importantly, the phone numbers of financial journalists. Join us as we discuss the monetary toolkit through the lens of: China’s unchanging foreign exchange reserves, credit conditions in the United States and PMI scores from around the world. Also, we end the show by holding a candle-light vigil for the 13th anniversary August 9, 2007. The day that the global monetary order malfunctioned. A day that the then-CEO of the British bank Northern Rock said, “the world changed.” A day that The Guardian newspaper analogized to August 4, 1914 – the start of The Great War. A day that has yet to end.
00:05 Purchasing Manager Index scores have traced out a “V” shape, but that’s not a V-shaped recovery.
01:28 What is the purchasing manager index?
03:33 What do PMI scores by Markit IHS and the Institute for Supply Management say about the US economy?
05:02 A review of worldwide manufacturing, services and composite PMI scores
08:34 Discussion of the internal readings of the PMI scores in the US.
10:31 The guys reminisce about August 9, 2007, parallels to World War 1 and optimism about the future.
Purchasing Managers Indigestion: https://bit.ly/3imBky6
Author Christopher Clark lecture on “Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914”: https://youtu.be/6snYQFcyiyg
Alhambra Investments Blog: https://bit.ly/2VIC2wW
RealClear Markets Essays: https://bit.ly/38tL5a7