Several major economies posted data this week, offering insights into the state of the global economy.
🇨🇳 In China:
- Beijing says it’ll no longer post data on youth unemployment, which hit a record 21.3% in June (exports then plunged in July), so…
- The central bank just cut interest rates to support China’s recovery.
🇷🇺 In Russia:
- The ruble has nearly halved in value since its peak mid last year, as the world’s most sanctioned country loses export income, so…
- Russia’s central bank has again raised rates to support the ruble.
🇯🇵 And in Japan:
- The world’s third-largest economy grew at an annualised rate of 6% in Q2, double what most economists expected
- This is partly due to post-COVID freight and travel conditions allowing Japan to sell more cars abroad, while welcoming more tourists at home.
Intrigue’s take: As always, there’s more to each story here:
- China’s unique model was slowing well before US-China ties really deteriorated. So Western pressure isn’t the primary cause of China’s current woes, but it does narrow Beijing’s options to address them.
- Russia’s economic survival is thanks in part to its competent central bank chief, Elvira Nabiullina. Once seen as a reformer, she dismayed international admirers by deciding to stay put after the invasion. The ruble’s fate is tied to hers, and Putin knows this.
- And Japan’s net exports aside, most dash-lights (like consumption) are flashing orange right now. So don’t crack that saké just yet.
Also worth noting: