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GLOBAL MACRO SHIFTS

Trade and Taxes in a World with Borders
with Michael Hasenstab, Ph.D.

This edition of Global Macro Shifts examines US corporate tax reform and the potential impacts of a border adjustment tax (BAT). Templeton Global Macro reviews how a BAT would work, its likely effect on prices and exchange rates, its implications for the longer-term macroeconomic outlook, its impact on different domestic sectors and trade flows, and the potential ramifications for international trade relations.

How a US Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) Would Work

The potential for US corporate tax reform and a BAT has recently stirred debate. Dr. Michael Hasenstab reviews how a BAT would work and its likely impact to global markets.

US Consumption Tax Implications

The proposed tax reforms could have broad implications across the US economy. Dr. Hasenstab reveals which sectors stand to benefit and which may suffer.

Global Implications of US Import Taxes

Dr. Hasenstab explains the potential ramifications for international trade relations if a BAT would be implemented.

Impact of Potential US Tax Changes on Emerging Markets

What do the potential policy changes in the US mean for emerging markets? Dr. Hasenstab offers his assessment on where he sees investment opportunities in the context of global trade.

Templeton Global Macro, led by Dr. Michael Hasenstab, examines potential US corporate tax reform and the possible impacts of a border adjustment tax.

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