Americans consume goods other people produce. As America offshored its manufacturing, it promised to supply the world with high-priced services and technology in exchange. But as it turns out, that promise never materialized.
The ballooning overall trade deficit bears this out. It leaped to another record high in March, surging 5.6% month-on-month to a new worst-ever $74.5 billion. That was 52% worse than in March 2019.
The value of precious metals pouring into the US hit a 19-year high in 2020 and doubled the volume of 2019, according to an analysis of census trade data by USA TODAY.
It looks like Donald Trump is launching a full-blown trade war. Not to worry though. According to the president, a trade war is “easy to win.”
When a country is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”
Peter Schiff has a little different take. He said in his podcast last week winning a trade war isn’t so easy. In fact, America can’t do it.
Gold is flowing into India and China, as demand for the yellow metal in the world’s two largest markets continues to boom.
Gold imports into India surged once again in May, building on strong March and April numbers. Increasing imports signal a continued rebound in demand for the precious metal in the world’s second-largest market after a tepid 2016.
According to a Reuters report, gold imports quadrupled in May year-on-year, coming in at 103 tons. Analysts say they expect the rise in imports will likely help support global prices in the coming months.