7 Takeaways From The US Tariff Escalation

By Steven Englander, head of International G10 Forex at Conventional Chartered

  • We have been astonished that the escalation occurred so speedily but not that the US made a decision to press its advantage (see Questioning Friday’s market optimism).  

  • The US announcement was very likely partly brought on by the wish to keep momentum likely into mid-term elections. Hearings on the tariffs will most likely be held in late August, the ultimate list introduced in early September, with implementation even later. Any cost affect would possibly not appear right before the elections, enabling time for negotiation.

  • Furthermore, the inflation effect is not significant. In addition, the CNY has depreciated by virtually 7% from its recent highs – this is likely more than enough to offset the price influence of the introduced tariffs.

  • China appears to be stunned by the pace of the abide by-up. Allowing for the industry to weaken the CNY overnight may possibly be the path of minimum resistance.

  • Buyers foresee a big reaction from China. If China stops at tariffs on products (keeping in brain that the US exports about USD 130bn each year to China, less than the USD 200bn of products that the US will tariff) there will probable be a reduction rally. The destructive current market response will probably be more robust, if China responds with significant non-tariff measures to match the effects of the US measures.

  • The sector reaction exterior of Asia is extra muted than earlier responses to tariff announcement, because: (1) it appears crystal clear that this will be a longer course of action, (2) export substitution outdoors of China may well arise, and (3) the US domestic economic system looks on reliable footing. It is possible and even possible that additional troubles will arise with Canada over autos and with other areas. We do not interpret the constrained non-Asia response as a signal that further escalation will be innocuous.

  • In G10 Forex, commodity currencies appear to be most susceptible. The EUR has held up fairly nicely – the euro location is not as uncovered as Canada to escalation of trade tensions. In the limited phrase the Lender of Canada’s framing of trade danger will probably push the CAD.


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