Against worldwide rather pessimistic expectations, the German IFO business climate index rose from a stagnating 106.7 points in April to 107.7 points in May. As the IFO institute explained:
The companies are significantly more satisfied with their current business situation. In addition, they are noticeably more optimistic with regard to the coming months. The German economy is growing at a robust pace.
„The Ifo Business Climate Index for German industry and trade dropped to 106.6 points in April from 106.7 points in March. Although companies were somewhat less satisfied with their current situation, their business expectations brightened once again.“
This is not too surprising (for Germans, but probably for everyone else), since the German economy seems to be a little decoupled from the rest of the world economy for some time now: With an unemployment rate of 6.5% in March 2016, Germany shows a robust job-market, even if experts do not see a further decline for the rest of the year due to the refugees now flowing into the job market. Also, the German economy shows a robust if small growth (at least compared to other countries), with now a projected growth rate of about or above 1.5% for 2016. „Not too surprising: German IFO index stagnates“ weiterlesen
weak economic data from China & Japan – and stocks rise…
Despite negative “hard” facts about the Chinese (here) and Japanese Economy (here), stocks soared: The Nikkei gained more than 7%, the DAX 2.7% and the Dow Jones still nearly 1%. I would call this an economic rollercoaster – enjoy the ride while it lasts…
08.02.16 – Today, the Baltic Dry Index (BDIY) stands at 293 points – coming from its all-time high of 11,793 points on 20 May 2008 and from its “last-time high” of 2,330 points on 13 December 2014. Currently it seems that this index is in line with the downward movement of other indicators, like commodities, bonds, etc. However, does this correlative movement make the BDIY really a reliable (leading) crisis indicator? „Baltic Dry Index – really a sign for the coming bust?“ weiterlesen
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