Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I won't bore you with the usual details of Monday's inflation figures; you can read them in any analyst report. But here are four interesting observations on Monday's release:
First is the growing wedge between CPI and PPI inflation:
As you can see, the two series were moving in tandem until of late.
Second, the link between oil prices and PPI has broken of late as well:
Third, exchange rate pass-through has been significantly lower than usual:
I would naturally expect the pass-through to be lower when there is excess capacity in the economy, but I just can't figure out how this is the case with signs of overheating sprouting like mushrooms...
And last but definitely not the least, one of zillions of items the CBT collects prices on is bank fees, and that increased by 9% (over the month) in March. In case you were wondering how the banks were responding to the CBT's reserve requirement ratio hikes....