Thursday , 25 July 2024

What Does the Baltic Dry Index Indicate For the Global Economy? (+2K Views)

The Baltic Dry Index is often looked at as a leading indicator of the global economy as higher shipping rates indicateeconomy-2h-8 stronger demand for shipping and healthier global trade. Year to date, the index is up 234% and is now at its highest level in more than three years. This would indicate that the global economy is picking up steam. 

So say edited excerpts from the introduction to an article entitled Baltic Dry Index Surges to Three Year High posted by the team at

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The chart below shows historical readings in the Baltic Dry Index going back to 2007.  While the index is still well off its highs from 2007 and 2008, 2013 has been a great year for shipping rates.

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One comment

  1. Remember that old joke where kids would challenge their friends, to hold the tip of their tongue and say,”My father works in a ship yard”?

    Transportation may be up, but the important questions are:

    1. What types of goods are being transported?
    2. Where are the goods being transported to?
    3. Are the return voyages carrying goods or just water ballast?
    4. Are vessels getting larger so as to have to make fewer voyages?
    5. Are new vessels being built, which wold indicate future needs?

    An improvement in the global economy, would to me, indicate additional trade between many countries, not just a few countries transporting foreign goods to themselves!

    As an example, if China used all available shipping to move raw materials and goods to China, I would not see that as improving the global economy; in fact it would do the exact opposite, it would hurt the global economy!