The risks of using tariffs to rein in America’s current account deficit

Attempts to reduce or reverse the United States’ current account deficit by imposing trade tariffs could create unnecessary risks and do more harm than good to the broader economy, says Megan E. Greene, chief economist with John Hancock Asset Management. Megan examines the domestic policies that drive America’s current account deficit—independent of trade—and discusses why any approach that alleges unfairness on the part of U.S. trading partners may be misdirected. What’s more, it’s unclear whether an account deficit should be considered a sign of economic weakness, she says.

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Source: John Hancock Investments
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