The Trade War Could Soon Hit Your Wallet HARD

Thursday, July 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

Mac Slavo
July 12th, 2018

As the trade war between the United States and China continues to ramp up, it gets closer to affecting consumers. If it continues, the trade war could have a very negative impact on disposable income – which is horrible news if you’re already living paycheck to paycheck.

American consumers can expect higher prices and diminished economic opportunity if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat of levying 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods and China responds in kind, as it has vowed to do, economic experts say. Of course, SHTFPlan warned of this before Trump flung the US into a full-blown trade war. The people who will suffer the most are those at the bottom, as in any financial crisis or trade war.

While the tit-for-tat tariffs could hurt both economies, the damage to China’s economy caused by the US’s Section 301 tariffs will “pale in comparison to the damage done to the US economy via China’s retaliations,” reported SHTFPlan back in April. Tariffs imposed on Chinese goods aren’t actually paid for by Chinese companies, as the American government would have you believe. China will simply jack up the prices of their goods and the cost will be effectively passed onto the American consumer in the form of higher prices. This is simply economics 101, something that most Americans fail to comprehend in even the simplest terms.

“Tariffs are beginning to take a toll on American businesses, workers, farmers, and consumers as overseas markets close to American-made products and prices increase here at home,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue in a statement according to NBC News. “Tariffs are simply taxes that raise prices for everyone. Tariffs that beget tariffs that beget more tariffs only lead to a trade war that will cost American jobs and economic growth.”

Experts say prices at the supermarket, as well as at clothing and electronic stores that carry any of the targeted goods, will rise as soon as the retailers decide to pass the increased costs down to consumers. Shoppers may gradually see prices rise everywhere as stores try to spread out the damage of the cost of tariffs. The impact on each price tag may ultimately be small, but it will all add up any Americans will be able to afford less than they did before the trade war began.

“Few people will notice an increase in the price of goods on the order of a tenth of a cent,” Sharon Traiberman, assistant professor of economics at NYU who researches international trade and labor economics, said in an email. “So it’s not about everyone feeling worse off, it’s that despite the small impact per person, this is very costly in the aggregate.” Traiberman failed to mention the financial burden this places on those who currently have only a small amount of disposable income. Sure, the effect individually may be small, but it’ll be felt. In fact, one in five Americans don’t even have enough money to put food on the table, so minimizing the impact on an individual is quite pretentious and rather short-sighted.

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