Global Trade

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Proving Yet Again That Global Weakness Starts In The U.S.

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners When commenting on any weakness in the US economy, it has become common even shorthand for any outlet or author to affix the conventional explanation. Suspiciously low growth rates and far too many outright contractions, especially in manufacturing and industry, are blamed on overseas weakness and the dollar as … Continue reading

The Nicaragua Canal: Stuck In A Quagmire

By Edwin Nieves On July 7th 2014, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group (HKND) announced the approval of a plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through Nicaragua, roughly one hundred years after the United States completed the Panama Canal[1]. The Nicaraguan enterprise would be the largest civil engineering feat in … Continue reading

Iran’s $10 Billion Mega Canal Could Be Game Changer In Global Trade Routes

The prospects for the creation of a navigable canal between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf are currently being reviewed by Iran and Russia, Mehdi Sanaei, Iran’s ambassador to Russia, said last Friday at a meeting with students at the St. Petersburg State University. Intensified discussions on the possibility of a ‘trans-Iranian’ canal began in 2012, when then-Energy Minister Majid Namjoo told Fars news agency … Continue reading

Oil Supply Glut Leads To Massive Tanker Traffic Jam: “Would Stretch For 25 Miles”

By Mac Slavo While oil prices have jumped about 50% in recent weeks, there appears to be no real reason for the move other than pure speculation and billion-dollar market cash infusions from unknown plunge protection teams. But as the mainstream media continues to tout non-existent reduction agreements between oil producing nations, the following evidence … Continue reading

The New Silk Roads And The Rise Of The ‘Chinese Dream’

By Pepe Escobar Beijing is advancing a Chinese-led globalization that will challenge U.S. hegemony both regionally and globally. Earlier last week, the first Chinese commercial train, with 32 containers, arrived in Tehran after a less than 14-day journey from the massive warehouse of Yiwu in Zhejiang, eastern China, crossing Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. This is a 10,400 … Continue reading

21 New Numbers That Show That The Global Economy Is Absolutely Imploding

By Michael Snyder After a series of stunning declines through the month of January and the first half of February, global financial markets seem to have found a patch of relative stability at least for the moment.  But that does not mean that the crisis is over.  On the contrary, all of the hard economic … Continue reading

China’s Silk Road Revival Steams Ahead As Cargo Train Arrives In Iran

A long-distance cargo train has traveled from China to Iran as part of an attempted revival of the ancient Silk Road, a trans-Asian trade route connecting the east to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. The 32-container train, which arrived in Tehran on Monday, took 14 days to complete the 6,462 mile (10,399km) journey from China’s … Continue reading

Economic Activity Continues To Collapse All Over The Planet

By Michael Snyder If the global economy is in fine shape, then why does all of the hard data tell us that global trade is absolutely collapsing?  The Baltic Dry Index has fallen below 300 for the first time ever, and export numbers are way down for almost every major exporting nation on the entire … Continue reading

Global Trade ‘Worse Than 2008 Crisis’: Influx Of Ships Being Parked As Baltic Dry Index At All-Time Low

As the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) continues to crash to new record lows, an influx of ships are being parked at ports around the globe, thus threatening global trade in a crisis “worse than in 2008”. The global shipping index and industry has come under tremendous pressure as the price of oil continues to crash amid a global glut and … Continue reading

Economic Activity Is Slowing Down Much Faster Than The Experts Anticipated

By Michael Snyder We have not seen global economic activity fall off this rapidly since the great recession of 2008.  Manufacturing activity is imploding all over the planet, global trade is slowing down at a pace that is extremely alarming, and the Baltic Dry Index just hit another brand new all-time record low.  If the … Continue reading

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