Trade War

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.

Frontrunning: September 21

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Awakening (BBG)
  • Bank of Japan Sticks With Easy-Money Settings (WSJ)
  • Bank of Japan board member demands more stimulus (FT)
  • S&P downgrades China, says rising debt is stoking economic, financial risks (Reuters)
  • Boston’s Fate Lies With a Zombie Hurricane as Maria Moves North (BBG)

Trump's China-Sanctions Madness Imperils The Dollar

"If the US wants to really continue with this sanctions game, it need also be prepared to face the reality that its not 1989, and that the world may not be willing to treat dollars and US sanctions in the way the US expects it to. The likely response will only be the latest evidence that the US 'unipolar moment' is over. "

US Fires Latest Shot In China Trade War: Warns Beijing Is "Threat To World's Trading System"

It's been at least a few weeks since the topic of trade war with China dominated the news flow, so moments ago U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer decided to poke that particular wound, in during a speech in Washington said that "China’s coordinated effort to create national champions and distort markets is a threat to the world’s trading system."

Suddenly, "De-Dollarization" Is A Thing

"For what seems like decades, other countries have been tiptoeing away from their dependence on the US dollar. These were challenges to the dollar’s dominance, but they weren’t mortal threats. What’s happening lately, however, is a lot more serious. "

GoldCore's picture

Gold is currently up over 15% for the year, silver by nearly 12%. Both offer financial safe havens during times of war. All parties involved in the current geopolitical fracas are big holders of gold. Two of them, Russia and China are enabling the trade of the precious metal for key commodities.

China Slams Trump's Trade Threat As "Unacceptable"

"What is definitely unacceptable to us is a situation in which on the one hand we work to resolve this issue peacefully but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman  Geng said at a regular briefing on Monday.