Global Macro Views
Authors and Contributors
BNY Mellon Asset Management North America- Global Macro Forum
Running an economy with a market system or governing a country with checks and balances is hard to top as a principle of design. Prompted by action (and threat of more) on trade sanctions by President Trump, apparent worries about the global trading system are off the high end of the chart. News of high-level administration personnel separations (both voluntary and forced) clutter national headlines. And the supreme leader of an impoverished but nuclear-armed state traveled back and forth from Pyongyang to Beijing in an armored train to talk, perhaps, about summit meetings on arms control that subsequently were on, off, and on. Enumeration may help. Google web searches for "nuclear warfare," "tariffs," and "US government," with each normalized to 100 for its own maximum interest, are shown in the chart. The high-interest readings all cluster of late, hitting peaks in worrying succession.
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