The Baltic Dry Index has long been one of the strongest indicators for global economic growth. It’s a reliable measure of the world’s supply and demand for raw materials, such as concrete, steel, coal, and food. Where this index stands not only gives you a glimpse into how healthy the global economy is, it also tells you how strong economic growth will be in the future. Unfortunately, it’s looking worse than ever before.
This week the Baltic Dry Index fell by 4.7%, down to 484 points, which is the lowest level we’ve seen in 30 years. Or put another way, demand for the raw materials that are the building blocks of the modern world, hasn’t been this low since Reagan was president. For the most part, this recent decline can be attributed to China’s floundering economy, which was once the largest driver of global economic growth.
Source: The Baltic Dry Index Has Just Tumbled To A Record Low | From the Trenches World Report