Seven Days: 25 May 2018

Seven Days: 25 May 2018

Markets make merry

The hope that the potential trade war between the US and China is now off the agenda gave equity investors a lift at the start of this week. Markets in the US were buoyed and the UK’s blue-chip FTSE 100 index set a new all-time high, boosted by a strengthening dollar, which benefits many of the resources and exporting companies that make up the globally-oriented index. Trade talks between the US and China over the weekend concluded with news that the US has dropped its threat to impose tariffs on trade worth billions of dollars a year and that a framework is close to being agreed between the two sides to work to reduce the US trade deficit with China, while on Tuesday China announced it was cutting tariffs on imported US cars from 25 per cent to 15 per cent.

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