[To smooth out Chinese New Year effects I added 3 month moving average charts at bottom]
It is interesting to look at these charts of South Korean trade.
Highly cyclical in nature, with similarity to the Japanese exports.
So some of it could be explained by the rise in KRWJPY or something, but I believe it is a sign the world isn't as good as people think and turbulent days are just emerging.
Korean exports just hit 2-3 year lows. It is a very different picture of "global growth is picking up".
But the overall Trade Balance, Net-Exports, keeps moving higher 12m rolling sum...
Adding the YoY change in 3-month moving averages to smooth out possible Chinese New Year effects... Imports still negative and little sign of recovery in Exports. That's a pretty bad sign in my humble opinion.
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