Note to investors: tariffs and opportunities abound in metals and manufacturing

Global trade tensions continue to be a source of uncertainty. The role of the United States as one of the most influential economies across the globe has presented limitations on the ability of many business sectors to easily absorb the trickle down effects of recent trade tariffs implemented by the Trump Administration. While this seems to present a problem for most companies that rely on international trade and distribution of products as the crux of their business, tariffs, at least if kept in place only temporarily, could create opportunities for distressed investors. Two examples of the industries directly impacted are Canadian steel and aluminum producers. The Trump Administration has applied tariffs of 25% on certain steel products and 10% on some aluminum products. These figures would not be as damaging if the size of the US market for Canadian steel and aluminum exports were relatively small. However, 95% of Canadian steel exports and 88% of aluminum exports were…

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