- China is rolling over
- Contagion will eventually take down the core economies, including the US
- We are witnessing a full-blown collapse of the commodity complex
- Deflation will win the day over the next year, but then get ready for helicopter money hyperinflation
The Chinese GDP Lie
Right off the top, China is not growing anywhere near the 7% it claims. That’s just a politically useful lie that the Chinese tell to the world as much as they tell to themselves.
Fortunately, hardly anyone is falling for that particular fib any longer. Let’s start with the completely obvious manufacturing slump that has hit China:
Chinese Factory Gauge Slumps to Lowest Level Since March 2009
Sept 22, 2015
A private Chinese manufacturing gauge fell to the lowest in 6 1/2 years, underscoring challenges facing the economy as its old growth engines splutter.
A global sell off in riskier assets gained pace after the preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from Caixin Media and Markit Economics dropped to 47.0 in September. That missed the median estimate of 47.5 in a Bloomberg survey and fell from the final reading of 47.3 in the previous month. Readings have remained below 50 since March, indicating contraction.
Premier Li Keqiang’s growth target of about 7 percent for this year is being challenged by a slowdown in manufacturing and exports even as services and consumption show resilience.
The way a PMI reading works is anything over 50 indicates expansions and anything under 50 indicates contraction. Anybody care to explain to me how China can be sporting sub-50 readings every month since March — that’s five full months — and still be claiming to be aiming for a 7% annual growth target? You know, because China is…