Trade Concerns Continue to Dominate Market SentimentMay 21, 2018 - By Nick Twidale
We are set to see equity markets open strongly in Asia this morning after the US and China came to an agreement which has essentially ‘put the Trade War on hold’ according to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The US has agreed to hold off putting tariffs on Chinese goods for now and China has agreed to buy significantly more goods from the US, which will of course assist in reducing the US’s trade deficit. Although this solution does appear to be a step in the right direction from the markets point of view, investors will need to see proof that the practical aspect of the agreement (i.e. Chinese purchasing of US good increasing) is working, before concerns about global growth recede significantly.