Trump Swells Shipping Costs as Infrastructure Spree Seen: Chart

The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of commodity shipping costs, surged to a two-year high following the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned to invest as much as $1 trillion on infrastructure in the U.S. The spending would be a boon for owners of vessels ferrying iron ore and other commodities around the world, accelerating the Baltic index’s recovery in the past two weeks. A Trump presidency would see a recovery in infrastructure spending, which would benefit bulk-shipping companies carrying raw materials as well, according to Wu Kan, a Shanghai-based fund manager at Shanshan Finance Co.

— With assistance by Jeanny Yu

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