Why the suspension of the INF Treaty matters to trade

Jack Harding, Head of Political Risk Global nuclear arms control was dealt a major blow in early February when both the US and Russia suspended their involvement in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The INF Treaty, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, is an agreement between the US and Russia to abolish all ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 – 5,500 km (“shorter-range” to “intermediate-range” missiles). Donald Trump’s stated objective is for the…

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Uncertainty over trade, Brexit and wider geo-economic risks are starting to influence sentiment

Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO Two news stories last week illustrated just how fragile the world of trade is at the moment which will show themselves in the economic data this coming week. No, these were not Brexit or US-China trade stories; defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy on the 14th February did not especially bother markets, nor did the extension of US-China trade talks in Beijing create a particular boost. The uncertainty around both are largely priced in at the moment…

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US-China trade talks: no end in sight

Dr. Rebecca Harding, CEO As US-China trade talks resume this week, the spectre of global trade disintegration on nationalistic grounds looms ever larger. There is one month to strike a deal between the two countries before the 90-day ceasefire in tit-for-tat rhetoric expires. At stake is $200bn of Chinese exports to the US which will have tariffs of 25% imposed on them, as opposed to the 15% now. The Trump administration’s demands are that China buys more US goods, make…

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