Nobody wants an all-out brawl over trade. Not China. Not the U.S. And certainly not anyone with investments.
Financial-style trash talk has erupted between the U.S. and China. Last week, President Trump got the world's attention when he threatened to levy tens of billions in tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. Beijing quickly retaliated with its own tariff threats. The financial fallout was sizable: the Dow Jones industrial average fell 1,400 points.
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But then the Dow rebounded Monday, rising nearly 670 points on signs of a thaw in trade disagreements in the form of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the world's two biggest economies.
The up-and-down action is likely to continue as talks between Washington and Beijing go on and signs of success or failure leak out.
Here are 7 things to watch in the trade talks that could move the market, and your 401(k), in the days and weeks ahead.