Jan 17, 2017

Big in Business: Taxes, Brexit and China rescues OPEC

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Trump throws cold water on border adjustment

The president-elect tipped his hand on tax reform, saying in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that he "doesn't love" border adjustment because it's "too complicated."

Border adjustment would raise taxes on corporate importers and lower them on exporters. Because the U.S. imports more than it exports, this process would raise revenue, allowing for overall rate reductions that benefit firms that locate production at home.

The president-elect hasn't proposed any alternatives, however, to an idea that's becoming increasingly popular with Congressional Republicans, precisely because border adjustment is designed to achieve the purported goals of the Trump campaign.

Theresa May will spell out Brexit

The British Prime Minister is expected to provide details today of the British government's plans for negotiating an exit from the European Union. The Pound fell by more than 1% against the dollar Monday, in anticipation that May's strategy will give up preferential treatment for British exporters in Europe for the right to block European emigration to the U.K.

What we're watching: All eyes are on Britain's prime minister, and how she will describe plans for the U.K's post-EU trade policy. Market's will also be attuned to the president-elect's reaction to the speech, and whether he further signals his plans for changes to U.S. trade or tax policy.

China comes to OPEC's rescue

Not only are the Chinese the world's largest importer of oil, but they'll need to import even more of it as its own energy exploration industry continues to pull back on domestic production.

China's oil output fell by more than 6% last year, and the The International Energy Agency predicts significant declines again this year as China's aging oil fields become less cost effective to exploit. Those declines roughly match what a country like Iraq has taken off the market, boosting the impact of those production cuts.

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Virus vices take a toll on Americans

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Americans are doubling down on their worst habits to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on health of the American people, in part due to the habits they will pick up during the weeks and months they are forced to stay home.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 1,203,923 — Total deaths: 64,795 — Total recoveries: 247,273Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:30 a.m. ET: 312,237 — Total deaths: 8,502 — Total recoveries: 14,997Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA postpones start of training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S.

The big picture: About half the planet's population is now on lockdown and the global death toll was nearing 64,800, by Sunday morning, per Johns Hopkins data.

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