Deflating the Chinese Inflation Chart...

11/10/08 01:16PM EST
Today's Chinese producer price inflation report was somewhat lost in the shuffle of the media's daily dance on the data point coals... but it shouldn't have been. On the margin, this was a material release.

China's PPI came in at +6.6% y/y (see chart). This is down materially from the +9.1% reported in September, and what now looks like it was a 12 year peak in August at +10.1% year over year.

If you are going to invest in equities, we suggest you do so globally. Combined with the $586B stimulus plan that the Chinese instituted this morning, decelerating inflation is a positive macro factor. This puts owning the Chinese etf (FXI) at the top of our global macro country investment list.
KM
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