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U.S., China Start Talking Again, With Global Economic Order at Stake
Washington and Beijing are talking again. The test now is whether they can settle into a new normal that avoids upending the global economy—or fall back into a cycle of acrimony and retaliation.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen heads to China on Thursday through Sunday to meet with senior government officials, her department said Sunday. The trip comes as tensions over trade, technology and Taiwan prompt both countries to reconsider the deep commercial and investment ties that have defined the relationship for decades. Yellen is hoping to preserve...
World Food Prices Rise for First Time In a Year
The United Nations food agency's world price index rose in April for the first time is a year, but is still some 20% down on a record high hit in March 2022 following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) price index, which tracks the most globally traded food commodities, averaged 127.2 points last month against 126.5 for March, the agency said on Friday. The March reading was originally given as 126.9.
The Rome-based agency said the April rise reflected higher prices for sugar, meat and...
UB Consulting: Will Growing Credit Issues Impact the Beef Market?
For many, the recent data regarding delinquency rates on credit cards and consumer loans has signaled warnings on the financial health and well-being of the American consumer. While nowhere near historical averages, these delinquency rates have been increasing from record lows reached in 2021. With the growing concern over how these delinquency rates will impact the economy, we have decided to look at the relationship between the consumer credit markets and the beef market...
UB Consulting: Labor, Inflation, & Stagflation - What Does it Mean for Protein Commodity Markets?
The current state of the economy has been a topic of concern for much of 2022. And to some degree, rightly so. It has been no secret that living costs have increased throughout the year, with consumers experiencing inflation levels not seen in over 40 years. Fear of recession continues as consumer sentiment hovered around all-time lows for much of the year. Despite the negative attitudes around the market, the economy has been resilient on the labor front, recording low unemployment figures...
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