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The impact of the US-China trade war on US equities

  • Describe the impact of the US China trade war on US equities
  • List the reasons for the slowdown in the US economy
  • Describe the extent of tariffs on Chinese goods
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The impact of US-China trade war on US equities
How to navigate the impact of the US-China trade war on your clients' portfolios
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The US China trade wars have been going on since late last year, with tit-for-tat tariffs applied on imports going to and from China and the United States.

Many have wondered whether it is all just attempts by president Trump to make himself look bigger in the eyes of the world - and his voter base.

But previous presidents have attempted to bring China to the table to deal to discuss pressing issues as the rising super power becomes an established, and mature player in the world economic order.

As the world's two biggest countries try to reach a deal over the future ground rules on trade between them, this has inevitably had a consequence in the short-term on their respective economies.

Farmers in the US, for examples, are being hit by tariffs, and other companies are inevitably feeling a squeeze on sales, as their goods become more expensive.

What does this mean for investors? While the global economy may be slowing, a good number of investors are exposed to the US stock market, and therefore need to take a view in how to manage their portfolios in the coming months.

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Please answer the six multiple choice questions below in order to bank your CPD. Multiple attempts are available until all questions are correctly answered.

  1. On a headline basis, US equities fared much better than Chinese stocks, in 2018. True or false?

  2. What is the planned level of tariffs intended by the US on Chinese goods?

  3. What was a big driver of the sell-off of equities in the final quarter of 2018?

  4. What prompted cracks in the Chinese economy before the trade talks?

  5. According to Capital Economics the US-China trade war can be entirely blamed for the slowdown in world trade, true or false?

  6. Which of the below is a major factor for increasing tensions between China and the US?

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  • Describe the impact of the US China trade war on US equities
  • List the reasons for the slowdown in the US economy
  • Describe the extent of tariffs on Chinese goods

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