Previewing the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve meets on Wednesday and there’s one thing we know for sure: it’s going to raise rates by another 25 basis points, lifting the federal funds rate to a range from 2.00 to 2.25%.
The U.S. Stops Subsidizing Global Growth. According to the World Trade Organization, before the Trump tariffs were put in place, the U.S. had an average tariff of 3.4%. Canada had an average tariff of 4.0%, the EU 5.1%, Mexico 6.9%, China 9.8%, and South Korea 13.7% – all higher than the U.S., which means the playing field was tilted in favor of foreign countries. The U.S. was subsidizing them.