The trade deficit, which was made a big deal by president Donald Trump and ignited a trade war with China, has worsened. The United States has so far lost big in the core driver of the trade war (the trade deficit) that was a top complaint of Trump’s and the U.S. may have already lost this trade war.
Thanks to lingering anxiety about the ongoing trade war and rhetoric between the United States and China, futures indicated that the Dow would open over 400 points lower this morning. Couple that with the expectation that the sell-off will continue, the economic recession could very well be in the beginning stages.
The Dow futures gained 460 points shortly after United States President Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping vowed to temporarily hit the pause button on their economically disastrous trade war which has been ongoing since March. Both the U.S. and China agreed to hold off on additional tariffs on each other’s goods at the start of the new year to allow for talks to continue for 90 days.