ECB is ready to take the decision about the key rate. What to expect from officials? Oil prices are high, and economy indicators demonstrate the slowing down in the strongest European economies.
America keeps considering quotas for steel and aluminum
American officials insist on quotas as well as other restrictions on imports of steel and aluminum, a senior sales representative told today after the White House announced an extension of the monthly benefits for Canada, Mexico and also the European Union.
As the White House representatives pointed out they will have quotas and also other restrictions so that they could protect their industries in the interests of national security.
In March the Trump administration told that it would impose a 25% duty on steel imports as well as 10% on aluminum in an attempt to stop imports from China, which, according to the US President, lowered prices and also pulled American companies out of business.
At the same time the US President dared to grant temporary exceptions to American allies, such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union, which expired on Tuesday morning. The administration told Monday night that these benefits will continue for a month. However, adding full duties appears to be one option.
Last night's decision turns to be a step forward anyway. That’s what Canadian Foreign Minister Christiane Freeland revealed to reporters on Tuesday. He added that Canada will keep working for full as well as permanent exemption from duties.
By the way, until Tuesday, South Korea turned out to be the only country with full exemption after it agreed to quotas. On Monday, the US government told that it managed to reach an agreement on constant duties for Brazil, Argentina and Australia.
In addition to this, the American authorities tried to link the exemption from duties for imports of steel and aluminum from the European Union in the direction of cutting duties for car imports. However, this step was denied by the European Union, which pointed out that it should get a permanent exemption from duties before conducting a broader discussion on trade.
The Fed is going to take a decision about the interest rate. This is the crucial news for the following week. What's going on in the markets and what to expect?
The market is pricing that the Fed will leave the rate at the same level. Meanwhile the major players think that the Fed will start with the monetary easing in the second quarter 2024.
Today's main event for the markets is the FOMC Interest Rate Decision, where the US regulator is widely expected to keep the interest rate at the same level of 5.5%.
In today's market insights, we delve into Citibank's oil price predictions, the evolving competition between Huawei and Apple, the Saudi Arabia-Tesla partnership, and the upcoming rate decisions from the world's major central banks.
It will be the hottest week of September, with four central banks’ meetings, five PMI releases, and a lot to trade.