Goldman Sachs lowered its fourth-quarter growth forecast by 20 basis points to 1.8%

  • Goldman Sachs lowered its fourth-quarter growth forecast by 20 basis points to 1.8%, citing a larger than-expected impact of recent trade war events.

  • “The drivers of this modest change are that we now include an estimate of the sentiment and uncertainty effects and that financial markets have responded notably to recent trade news,” said Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius in a note to clients Sunday.

  • Goldman Sachs said it expects the new round of tariffs to go through in September and it no longer expects a trade deal before the 2020 election.

The U.S.-China trade war is going to have a larger impact on growth than Goldman Sachs originally estimated.

The firm lowered its fourth-quarter growth forecast by 20 basis points to 1.8%, citing a larger than-expected impact of recent trade war events.

“We have increased our estimate of the growth impact of the trade war,” said Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius in a note to clients Sunday. “The drivers of this modest change are that we now include an estimate of the sentiment and uncertainty effects and that financial markets have responded notably to recent trade news.”

The trade war between the U.S. and China escalated in recent weeks after Trump’s surprise announcement of 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports that had eluded duties. Markets had their worst day of the year on Monday after China let its currency weaken, crossing the 7 yuan-per-dollar threshold and said it would halt imports of agricultural goods from the U.S. A drop in a currency’s value makes that country’s products cheaper on the international market.

www.cnbc.com/2019/08/11/goldman-sachs-cuts-growth-forecast-as-trade-war-triggers-recession-fears.html

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