Wed. Sep 30th, 2020

Wall Street and FTSE 100 sink as Trump intensifies trade war fears – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as US proposes steep new tariffs on French cheese, wine, handbags and porcelain

5.58pm GMT

Donald Trump’s suggestion that a China trade deal could be delayed by a year could just be a ploy.

Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG, explains (via CNBC):

“We have seen this movie many times before … where the president throws out remarks during trade talks that in retrospect have just been a negotiating tactic, especially when he starts off by saying China wants a deal more than he does.

5.03pm GMT

London’s losses today are partly due to a stronger pound, which is trading over $1.30 again tonight.

Connor Campbell of SpreadEx explains:

The FTSE’s day was made that bit worse by the pound’s own gains. The latest Kantar poll put the Tories 12 points ahead of Labour, contrary to many other surveys showing a shrinking Conservative lead.

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