The rise of US aluminum and steel tariffs

Recent events in the US have led to the world being on the edge of a trade war, with President Donald Trump affirming there will be tariffs imposed on aluminum and steal imports.

Analysts believe we are closer to a trade war than anytime in the 1930s, when the American Smoot-Hawley tariff provoked a knock-on effect in other countries. Since the last recession, there has been greater precautions in place, however not on a large scale.

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Trump – Kim Summit

What triggered the summit?

Since Trump became president over a year ago, there has been ongoing tension between himself and North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un. This came as the result of the several ballistic missile tests North Korea launched as an international warning. Despite the White House executing their ‘maximum pressure’ campaign, North Korea continued to retaliate by carrying out a sixth nuclear test and affirming the country held missiles that were capable of reaching America.

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Trade Wars

Market Review – Week Ending 29th March

US Overview

Stocks recovered a portion of the previous week’s steep losses and recorded solid gains. The week was notable for a sell-off in high valuation technology companies, however, which caused the Nasdaq Composite to lag the other benchmarks.

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Stocks Endure Worst Week in Two Years

Market Review – Week Ending 9th February

Stocks Endure Worst Week in Two Years

Stocks suffered their worst weekly decline in two years as investors appeared to worry about rising interest rates and elevated valuations. The major benchmarks fell largely in tandem, and all entered correction territory, declining 10% from their recent highs (the S&P 500 was still up over 13% from a year earlier however).

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Flash Crash



US equities experienced their largest point drop last night since the Financial Crisis. Markets have been under pressure after a strong rise in January which, was ended on Friday by stronger than expect US jobs data and wage growth figures.

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