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According to Greg Gibbs, Analyst at Amplifying Global FX Capital, US fiscal and trade policy contributed to a significant shock to global markets in 2018 and led to a resurgent USD after it had fallen significantly throughout the first year of Trump’s presidency in 2017.  

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“Last year was characterised by synchronised global growth. This year, global divergence returned as US GDP growth and company profits were supercharged by massive tax cuts and fresh government spending.”

“In contrast, economic and asset market performance in much of the rest of the world floundered for a variety of reasons.  Higher US rates and tighter dollar funding conditions, political uncertainty, protectionist US trade policy and financial policy reforms in China have undermined global investor confidence.”