The Madison Mosaic

The Madison Mosaic - May 2019

The Macro Pieces

President Trump escalated trade war hostilities with China; put Mexico & India on notice

  • Tariff rate on $200 billion of Chinese goods increased from 10% to 25%.
  • Threat of new tariffs on an additional $325 billion of goods.
  • China responded with additional tariffs on $60 billion of US imports.
  • Trump administration threated 5% tariffs on all Mexican imports ($350B), rising to 25% until the Mexican government stops the flow of illegal immigrants into the US.
  • Plans to revoke India’s status as a “developing nation” for not giving the US “equitable and reasonable access to its markets”. >$5 billion of Indian goods will no longer be exempt from US tariffs.

Beyond tariffs, clear and present risks/disruptions to global supply chains have emerged. Globalization has been a key driver of expanding US corporate profit margins for the past 30 years. Recalibrating supply chains and sourcing inputs would negatively impact future earnings.

Needless to say; the capital markets were not anticipating the escalation (all figures for May):

  • S&P 500 dropped -6.4%; China -13.1% (MSCI China Index, USD).
  • High impact trade war sectors/industries were hit hard. US technology sector -8.7% (S&P 500 Information Technology Sector Index); semiconductor industry (PHLX Semiconductor Index) -16.5%.
  • 10 Year US Treasury declined 0.37% to 2.14%.
  • US high yield corporates -1.2% (Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Bond Index); US long Treasuries +6.5%.

On the Brightside:

  • US financial conditions remain easy relative to the market turbulence.
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