Baltic Dry Index Sets All-Time Record Lows

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I follow the Baltic Dry Index of global freight rates because it is a reliable leading economic indicator (forecasting the future). Shippers are unlikely to book cargo space if they have nothing to ship and the index cannot be manipulated by Central Banks like the Fed or derivative-creating banksters.

I wrote the following two months ago when the index slipped below 1,000; that, “…the over-supply of ships is now 5 year-old news so the shipping industry has had enough time to clear the surplus. In other words, we can no longer blame “too many ships” for low shipping rates. This is falling demand.

“What we’re seeing is a collapse in commodity demand (and prices) and a massive slowdown in China along with the rest of the world which never really recovered from the Great Recession.” Good grief, now I’m quoting myself!

Less than two weeks ago I wrote in Circling Closer to the Drain 2015 that the index had fallen to 709 which was equal to the levels last seen in 1986.

Now, we have set a new all-time record low. Zero Hedge headlines “The World’s Best Known Global Shipping Index has Crashed To Its Lowest Level Ever” and that it has “fallen for 47 of the last 51 days” and that, “the index of global shipping costs has never (ever) been lower at 554.”


So much for the so-called global economic recovery. Recessions typically occur every four to six years. It’s now more than seven years since the last ‘Great Recession” began in December 2007 so we’re overdue for another big one.

The Baltic Dry Index’s new all-time low tells us the next recession will be far worse than the last one. My gut-feeling is this time there will be No Recovery, Ever.

Are you prepared? If not, you’re running out of time. Fast.

February 9, 2015

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About gerold

I have a bit of financial experience having invested in stocks in the 1960s & 70s, commodities in the 80s & commercial real estate in the 90s (I sold in 2005.) I'm back in stocks. I am appalled at our rapidly deteriorating global condition so I've written articles for family, friends & colleagues since 2007; warning them and doing my best to explain what's happening, what we can expect in the future and what you can do to prepare and mitigate the worst of the economic, social, political and nuclear fallout. As a public service in 2010 I decided to create a blog accessible to a larger number of people because I believe that knowledge not shared is wasted.
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4 Responses to Baltic Dry Index Sets All-Time Record Lows

  1. Paul says:

    And Obama wants to go to war with IS, or ISIS, or whatever they call themselves now…

    • gerold says:

      Great observation, Paul! Difficult to assign the war drums to stupidity or incompetence.

      Wars are always a good way to distract the masses from real issues. And, it’s surprising how many people (so-called leaders included) believe “war is good for the economy” despite Bastiat proving this to be a ‘broken window’ fallacy.

      – Gerold

      • Paul says:

        Apparently, no one heard of the saying that “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

        And then the other saying, “Give a man a fish, teach a man a fish,” liberals never heard of either apparently.

        As a species, I don’t think the dinosaurs were ever stupid enough to commit suicide the way we have. We created a complex system that exists really only in our minds. Animals don’t understand it, yet we live and die for it. Even Martin Armstorng (Thanks for tellign em about him) believes we need a good reset, although this entails that the process will simply repeat itself.

        • gerold says:

          Good points. Paul. And you’re right; we never learn. In fact, the only thing we learn from history is we don’t learn from history.

          Strauss–Howe’s generational theory
          outlines the recurring generational types that, then, rinse and repeat. Martin Armstrong also identifies endless recurrences in his Cycles of War
 involving invasions and internal revolutions.

          The bad news is the cycles keep repeating. On the other hand, the good news is we know they keep repeating so we can prepare for the inevitable.

          Armstrong forecasts a major sovereign debt crisis 2015.75 i.e. this fall. Jim Sinclair forecasts a Great Levelling in 2016 and a Great Reset about 2020. This means we’ll have about four years of turmoil before they introduce a new fiat currency except this one won’t last but a decade or two.

          BTW – I like the other fish story. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll sit in his boat drinking beer all day.

          – Gerold

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