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Tariff threat rattles investors as deadline looms

Turmoil surrounding U.S. tariffs on car imports is likely to deal a blow to the global economy as uncertainty has made investors “nervous” about an incoming recession, William Strauss, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, told Auto Finance News. The nervousness, in turn, has fueled the U.S. Treasury Department's yield curve to […]

Chinese Tariffs to Complicate Underwriting, Slow Innovation, Analyst Says

In addition to increasing vehicle prices, the 25% tariffs imposed on Chinese parts and goods by the Trump administration will complicate the underwriting process for lenders and slow down innovation in the auto industry, Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Cox Automotive, told Auto Finance News. “Americans aren’t suddenly making 10% or 25% more income,” Smoke […]

Tariffs Continue to Rattle Auto Industry

PLANO, Texas — The threat of tariffs on Mexican imports could have lasting implications for new-vehicle prices and vehicle value depreciation, said Cox Automotive’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke at the Nonprime Auto Finance Conference yesterday. “Tariffs will be very detrimental to the market, leading to higher prices and fewer vehicles sold — essentially causing the […]

Tariffs, NAFTA Uncertainties Threaten Vehicle Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Uncertainty with international tariffs and the North American Free Trade Agreement could have one of the “biggest impacts” on automotive sales, Mike Wall, executive director of automotive analysis at IHS Markit, said at CBA Live. “This industry — especially in North America and the U.S. — has really been predicated on the […]
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