by Monty Guild with Tony Danaher
As the US presidential election nears, we are doing a series of reports on the differences and agreements of major parties on various economic and financial topics. Last week, we noted one area where the major-party candidates are in agreement: trade. In different ways, the candidates have challenged the free-trade status quo. US multinationals will face an environment in which established free-trade treaties are renegotiated, and treaties that are currently in the works (such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) are scrapped or drastically revamped, potentially disrupting long-settled plans.