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ITC Votes In Favor Of Imposing Tariffs On Cheap (Chinese) Solar Panel Imports

In a decision that could potentially have a profound impact on US trade policy, the International Trade Commission has ruled that a flood of cheap, foreign solar panels is unfairly hurting US manufacturers, creating the opportunity for President Donald Trump to follow through on his protectionist campaign rhetoric and impose tariffs and import quotas as soon as November.

S&P Downgrades China To A+ From AA- Due To Soaring Debt Growth

"The downgrade reflects our assessment that a prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China's economic and financial risks. Since 2009, claims by depository institutions on the resident nongovernment sector have increased rapidly. The increases have often been above the rate of income growth."

Frontrunning: September 20

  • Fed Poised to Set Portfolio Reduction Plan in Motion (WSJ)
  • Dollar close to 2015 lows as conflicted Fed prepares policy update (WSJ)
  • The Risk of a New Economic Non-Order (El-Erian)
  • A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal (AP)
  • McConnell Won’t Promise Obamacare Repeal Vote as Foes Mobilize (BBG)

Government By Goldman

"...now Cohn’s in charge of the economy and talking about eliminating financial reform and basically putting the country back to where it was in 2005, as if 2008 didn’t happen. I’ve started the countdown clock to the next financial crash, which will make the last one look mild."

Toys "R" Us Files Chapter 11: Second Largest US Retail Bankruptcy In History

Toys “R” Us Inc., the largest US toys retailer, filed for bankruptcy late on Monday night, as a result of a crushing post-LBO debt load and relentless competition from warehouse and online retailers. With assets of $6.9 billion, it’s the second-largest retail bankruptcy, trailing the filing in 2002 by Kmart, which had $14.6 billion in assets.

The Only 'Real Europe' Is Greece

"The real Europe is not the one Juncker paints a portrait of. The real Europe is Greece. That’s where you can see the economic reality as well as the political one. Greece has no sovereignty left to speak of, despite the fact that it is guaranteed it in EU law. Europe’s political reality is about raw power. About the rich waterboarding the poor, to the point that they are turned from sovereign citizens of their countries into lost souls in debt prisons."

Frontrunning: September 14

  • Trump Says No Deal Reached on DACA (WSJ); Trump Denies Democrats’ Claim That They Made a Deal on ‘Dreamers’ (BBG)
  • Weak China data knocks global stocks off record highs (Reuters)
  • GOP to Release Tax Overhaul as Trump Says Rich Won’t Benefit (WSJ)
  • North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness' (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Prince Consolidates Power (WSJ)