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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Inflation Expectation Quickie

A fast way to measure inflation expectations in the US is to look at the strength of the
commodities market (CRB Index) relative to the price of the 30 year Treasury ($USB).
Initial inflation momentum usually starts in the commodities pits and is often picked up
down the road via a weaker Treasury market. $CRB / $USB

A relative strength index of 2.8x would be a conservative measure of long term equilibrium.
With the current reading at a depressed 1.48x, it is easy to see how heavily wrung out the
inflation anticipation is in the markets and how large a correction favoring commodites
could come with an acceleration of global economic growth. Something to keep in mind
as watch to see whether US economic growth is set to rebound and whether global growth
will gain further increased traction.

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