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Macro

IBKR Asset Management -The Ties That Bind the US and China


President Trump has thrown down the gauntlet with China, vowing to impose tariffs on as much as $450 billion in goods.

Investors are trying to separate the signal from the noise, but a full-fledged trade war would hurt both economies, in my view.

Chinese Investment

China not only buys US soybean exports and Boeing jets, but it’s also a major investor in the American economy.

That in turn supports jobs around the country.

Trouble is, there are disturbing signs that Chinese money may be drying up.  

Big Drop

Consider: Chinese investment dropped 92% during the first five months of 2018, a time of growing trade tensions, compared to the same period the year before, according to the Rhodium Group, a research firm that tracks Chinese foreign investment.


Treasury Bonds

China also owns about $1.2 trillion in Treasury bonds.

True, China is unlikely to sell its holdings all at once, in my view. I think it would suffer losses on the way out the door.

However, if it chooses to stop buying new Treasury bonds as old ones mature, that may place upward pressure on US interest rates over time.

 

Takeaway


There’s no denying that China has a long history of product piracy of foreign goods and technology, as well as dumping steel in international markets. 

So pushing China to improve its intellectual property protections makes sense, in my opinion. But a full-blown trade war makes doesn’t, in my view.

Overall, the two-way trade relationship has been good for both economies.

The US consumer has access to low-priced electronics and clothing made in China. Meanwhile, China has access to high-end aircraft and iPhones.

Here’s to hoping cooler heads prevail in Washington and Beijing.

Xavier Brenner has covered global market, business and economic trends since 2013 for Interactive Brokers Asset Management. As an experienced financial journalist, Brenner offers analysis and insights on the stories that matter to the discerning investor.

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This article is from Interactive Brokers Asset Management and is being posted with Interactive Brokers Asset Management’s permission. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and IB is not endorsing or recommending any investment or trading discussed in the article. This material is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security. To the extent that this material discusses general market activity, industry or sector trends or other broad based economic or political conditions, it should not be construed as research or investment advice. To the extent that it includes references to specific securities, commodities, currencies, or other instruments, those references do not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell or hold such security. This material does not and is not intended to take into account the particular financial conditions, investment objectives or requirements of individual customers. Before acting on this material, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and, as necessary, seek professional advice. 


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Securities Lending

Interactive Brokers - SLB Update : Hardest to Borrow


The following chart shows the 15 hardest to borrow securities during the week of 6/18/18 - 6/22-18.

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Securities Lending

Interactive Brokers - SLB Update: Highest Borrow Fees


The below chart shows the highest borrow fees on June 21,2018.

  

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Securities Lending

Interactive Brokers - SLB Update: Largest Short Values


The chart below shows the 15 largest short values on June 21, 2018.

The analysis in this material is provided for information only and is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security. To the extent that this material discusses general market activity, industry or sector trends or other broad-based economic or political conditions, it should not be construed as research or investment advice. To the extent that it includes references to specific securities, commodities, currencies, or other instruments, those references do not constitute a recommendation by IB to buy, sell or hold such investments. This material does not and is not intended to take into account the particular financial conditions, investment objectives or requirements of individual customers. Before acting on this material, you should consider whether it is suitable for your particular circumstances and, as necessary, seek professional advice.


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Futures

Blue Line Futures - Midday Market Minute


Is this the beginning of a bigger correction for stocks? 

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Visit our website at www.bluelinefutures.com to open an account and stay up to date with our research.

Bill Baruch is President and founder of Blue Line Futures. Bill has more than a decade of trading experience. Working with clients he focuses on developing trading strategies that present a clear objective for both long and short-term trading approaches. He believes that in order to properly execute a trading strategy, there must be a well-balanced approach to risk and reward.

Prior to Blue Line, Bill was the Chief Market Strategist at iiTRADER which followed running a trade desk at Lind Waldock and MF Global.

Bill is a featured expert on CNBC, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal as well as other top tier publications. 

Blue Line Futures is a leading futures and commodities brokerage firm located at the Chicago Board of Trade. We work with clients that range from institutional to professional to novice and from self-directed to broker-assisted. No matter what type of trader you are, our mission is simple; to put the client first. This means bringing YOU strong customer service, consistent and reliable research and state of the art technology. 

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