168.3 Economic Growth Scare: Are Markets Rightly Scared?
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The nominal value of Chinese imports of iron ore, German exports and Japanese exports all look pretty, pretty good. But the unit volume is pretty, pretty awful. There are fewer units being utilized! This is an economic warning that is presently hidden behind hire prices (value = unit * price).
———Ep 168.3 Topics———
00:00 INTRO: The 2021 reflation is following a pattern we have observed three times already.
00:55 What is a “growth scare”?
02:29 What is a “money illusion”?
05:28 The nominal value of Chinese imports of iron ore is great! But the unit count is awful.
07:21 The nominal value of German exports is great! But the weight/unit count is awful.
10:54 The nominal VALUE OF Japanese exports is great! But by volume/unit count is awful.
13:12 OUTRO: The nominal appearance of the recovery looks fine, but not the real unit count.
15:46 Bonus Material: gravy is the best side, Americans don’t understand cranberries.
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