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In response to today’s market volatility due to the change in Chinese currency against the dollar, Ben Pace provides his thoughts on the escalation of the trade war and the impacts on the markets.


  • This proposed new round of tariffs will finally begin to impact the prices of many consumer goods manufactured in China and imported to the U.S.
  • The impact on the U.S. economy is a bit more nuanced as exports are a much smaller percentage of U.S. GDP although the consumer will effectively be taxed on purchases of Chinese products.
  • The reaction to the tariff announcement and the subsequent Chinese retaliatory response was a steep selloff in global equities, a further decline in intermediate and longer-term interest rates, a decline in energy and industrial commodities, and a notable rise in gold.

Meet the Author

Ben Pace

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Ben is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner in the New York office. He leads the firm’s Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in investment management. Ben has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, and is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg TV and radio, Fox TV and CNBC, appearing regularly on network programs such as Power Lunch, The Closing Bell, Squawk Box, and Worldwide Exchange.

Prior to joining Cerity Partners, Ben was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Global Investment Solutions for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in the U.S. In his role as CIO, he sat on the PWM Global Investment Committee, providing input on the U.S. economy and capital markets. He oversaw the investment strategy and asset allocation for PWM clients in the U.S. As Head of Global Investment Solutions, he brought together PWM’s capital markets and investment capabilities in an effort to provide an effective and consistent experience for clients. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 1994, he managed equity income funds for two investment organizations. During his tenure with those institutions, he also served as a securities analyst with a particular emphasis on the financial services and healthcare industries.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Columbia University and Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University.

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