JLDI Index

JLDI Index

The Jacobsen derived its leather demand index by using an oscillator that captured an index from 1-100.
The index is created from year over year changes to each of 4 time series.

  • Car sales data using a multiplier which includes the percentage index of leather construction is weighted by approximately 14%.
  • Year-over-year leather furniture sales is weighed by approximately 18%.
  • Chinese exports of shoes is evaluated along with –
    US sales of shoes that are leather – which is then weighted by approximately 68%.

The JDLI readings are on the right axis accompanied by prices of Heavy Texas Steer on the left side.
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