An ongoing trade battle between the United States and China has magnified the impact of tariffs on commodity prices and economic growth. As we’ll soon see, trade barriers have a ripple effect on global markets, influencing everything from commodities to foreign direct investment (FDI).
Like any other market, commodities are influenced by a range of technical and fundamental factors. In the current macroeconomic climate, trade tensions are having a direct impact on commodities such as agriculture and crude oil. That’s because the two largest superpowers, the United States and China, have engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war that threatens to throw global economic growth off stride.
The impact has already been felt. China’s economy is fresh off its worst year of expansion in nearly three decades and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has already lowered its growth outlook this year and in 2020 over the perceived trade threat. As a large consumer of commodities, China’s slowdown has had a direct impact on how commodities are priced.
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