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CONCLUSION: We continue to flag the risk that Growth Slowing’s Slope is accelerating to the downside as prices of raw materials race higher alongside asset prices broadly amid heightening speculation on Fed/ECB Policies to Inflate.

In kicking off what will be a very busy week for global GROWTH/INFLATION/POLICY data, the Bank of [South] Korea’s AUG Business Conditions Survey left much to be desired on the growth front. The survey results, which are a 1MO-forward look at expectations for operating conditions, literally tanked: 

  • Manufacturing: 70 from 81; lowest reading since MAY ’09; steepest MoM decline since DEC ’08
  • Non-Manufacturing: 69 from 76; lowest reading since APR ’09; steepest MoM decline since NOV ‘08 

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While the absolute level of the indices are worrisome indeed (lowest readings since the thralls of the Great Recession), the sharp acceleration to the downside in the slopes of the lines is quite frightening indeed. And since the work of renowned behavioral psychologists such as Dr. Richard Peterson and Dr. Daniel Kahneman has taught us that short-term forecasts are typically not much more than an extrapolation of recent trends, these forward-looking AUG numbers may be a leading indicator for a messy week of Asian/Latin American JUL/2Q GROWTH data. We list the most noteworthy releases below (email us for the full list):

MON (tonight):

  • South Korea: JUL Industrial Production
  • Japan: JUL Manufacturing PMI; JUL Employment Report
  • Taiwan: 2Q GDP
  • Singapore: 2Q Unemployment Rate

TUES:

  • South Korea: JUL Trade Data
  • China: JUL Manufacturing PMI; JUL HSBC Manufacturing PMI
  • Indonesia: JUL Manufacturing PMI; JUL Consumer Confidence
  • Australia: JUL Manufacturing PMI
  • Taiwan: JUL Manufacturing PMI
  • Vietnam: JUL Manufacturing PMI

WED:

  • India: JUL Manufacturing PMI
  • Singapore: JUL Manufacturing PMI
  • Australia: 2Q Retail Sales
  • Brazil: JUL Manufacturing PMI; JUL Trade Data
  • Mexico: JUL Manufacturing PMI; JUL Services PMI

THURS:

  • China: JUL Services PMI; JUL HSBC Services PMI
  • Hong Kong: JUL Manufacturing PMI
  • Australia: JUL Services PMI
  • Thailand: JUL Consumer Confidence

FRI:

  • India: JUL Services PMI
  • Brazil: JUL Services PMI
  • Mexico: JUL Consumer Confidence

All told, we continue to flag the risk that Growth Slowing’s Slope is accelerating to the downside as prices of raw materials race higher alongside asset prices broadly amid heightening speculation on Fed/ECB Policies to Inflate. On the strength of said asset price inflation, South Korea’s benchmark KOSPI equity index, like many other equity indices globally, is bumping up against critical resistance levels as indicated in the chart below. Absent confirmation of a true quantitative breakout, we view this month-end hope rally as exactly that – hope.

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Best of luck out there this week.

Darius Dale

Senior Analyst