What Does the Baltic Dry Index Have to do With Survival?



            In a nutshell, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) registers worldwide shipment of goods and raw materials.  Some reports indicate this index is down 96% within the past year.  In other words, not nearly as much is being shipped as at this time a year or more ago.


            Consider the example of the auto industry.  Perhaps you’ve seen the news stories showing large quantities of unsold cars waiting to be moved to dealerships.  You’ve no doubt heard about car manufacturers cutting way back on production and closing plants altogether for a while.  If people aren’t buying cars, this obviously affects both the shipment of raw materials for making those cars and shipment of the cars themselves.


            The Baltic Dry Index reflects what’s really happening.  It can’t be manipulated like the stock market or the sale of precious metals.  Either materials are being shipped or they aren’t.  This tells us more about reality than the media’s regurgitated statistics about unemployment or consumer confidence.  Don’t think the BDI doesn’t exist because the mainstream media isn’t talking it up.  The video is one man’s 8 minute primer on the BDI.


            What this drastic drop in the BDI means for you and me is that many items we take for granted simply may not be available when we want them.  This is why it’s important to have the supplies you need for survival.  Have long term storage food and the means to defend your supplies when desperate people come around.  Get these things while you still can.


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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.