Americas: Drawing the battle lines

Author: John Crabb | Published: 10 Mar 2020

November's election is shaping up to be the most hotly anticipated in US history, but we are yet to see who the incumbent's Democratic opposition will be. At the time of writing, it's between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, with all other remaining candidates struggling on Super Tuesday. A potential Sanders/Warren ticket could certainly prove interesting for financial markets. The US's relationship with China remains unstable, but it has shown signs of improvement. Midway through January the two countries signed an agreement, known as the phase one trade deal, which is said to be the first in a number of pacts that look to remove tensions between the two economies. Key areas – such as the theft of intellectual property and spending imbalances – were addressed, but much more needs to be...