The US economy has long been established as one of the world’s richest and most diverse world economies. As the owner of some of the largest industry sectors, natural resource supplies, and internal goods market, the US is one of the most powerful global trading and financial influences.
Following the financial crisis in the late 2000s, growth in the US slowed dramatically; recovery from high unemployment, household debt, and income inequality in the years since remains one of the slowest on record. In 2017, however, a jump in global economic growth lifted demand for goods, industry profits and stocks to see the US experience the best growth in years.
Donald Trump has also claimed that it is his government and policies which are behind this national economic uplift, though the contributing factors are much broader. Recovery has proved steady, though issues of wage stagnation and inequality remain.
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Trade tariffs are a major concern for investors. The impact so far has been muted, but the risk of escalation looms. 25% tariffs on all Chinese goods are a credible threat from US President Trump but global auto-tariffs would be a much bigger risk to the US economy, encouraging others to launch a combined response. Find out more in my vlog below.