Why the US-China trade war may not have much impact on Apple

“Apple stock fell 1.3% on July 11 as a result of the escalating US-China trade war, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite fell 0.6%,” Sean Allen writes for Market Realist.

“The Trump administration announced on July 10 that it would assess 10% tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods,” Allen writes. “Investors are worried as over one-fifth of the tech giant’s revenue comes from Greater China.”

“However, the trade war may not affect Apple much, as the Chinese government may not want to upset the relationship it has with the company,” Allen writes. “China is also home to iPhone assembling company Foxconn, whose fortunes are tied heavily with Apple’s.”

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MacDailyNews Take: So far, Mr. Market has shrugged.

I’m cognizant that in both the U.S. and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced. My belief is that one plus one equals three. The pie gets larger, working together. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, March 24, 2018

At least half of the popular fallacies about economics come from assuming that economic activity is a zero-sum game, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But transactions would not continue unless both sides gained, whether in international trade, employment, or renting an apartment. — Thomas Sowell, June 14, 2006

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  1. Of course the markets are shrugging. It’s summer vacation. It takes months, if not years, for the full effect of tariffs to be felt. But if you’ve ever actually studied the economic effects of unilateral protectionism, then you’d know what will come.

    People like the current POTUS who refuse to study history will be doomed to repeat it. Just look at this list of economic results following protectionist trade restrictions:


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