Trump's tariffs will 'scorch' growth in 2020 and job losses are likely, says UBS
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- UBS says that Trump's trade war tariffs will "scorch" US growth in 2020.
- The Swiss bank's research department said that the tariffs already put in place this year will "likely lead" to a slowdown in the first half of next year.
- "The manufacturing sector is being hurt, with job growth decelerating," the bank said, adding that retail may likely be hit early in 2020, leading to job losses in the sector.
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UBS says that tariffs will "scorch" US growth in 2020.In a note to clients late on Monday, the Swiss bank's research department said that the tariffs already put in place this year will "likely lead" to a slowdown in the first half of 2020.
The note also said that though the bank doesn't expect a recession until at least 2022, another shock, like a raise in tariffs, could change that."The trade war has had a greater effect on the economy than we had expected in last year's outlook," the note said. "The uncertainty has extended longer and the September tariff increase was not in our baseline. These changes help explain why US growth was a little weaker than our projection."
UBS also expects the Fed to cut rates three times next year, adding to the three cuts the central bank delivered earlier this year."Already this year the manufacturing sector is being hurt, with job growth decelerating," the note said. "The retail sector will have substantial difficulty passing on the additional costs of the tariffs without falling sales. The usual seasonal rise in retail bankruptcies in late Q1 will likely be notably larger in 2020 reinforcing the rise in job losses."
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