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STOP SIGNS FOR TRADE, A PILEUP FOR STOCKS

Trade tensions are slamming the brakes on the bull market. Here’s how to keep them from wrecking your portfolio.

THE STOCK MARKET IS FINALLY falling out of love with the Trump administration. During the President’s first year in office, the S&P 500 rose a jaw-dropping 21.8%, but that momentum has petered out. As of mid-July, the index was 3% below its January 2018 peak. There are plenty of reasons that the bull is stumbling (see “The End Is Near” in this issue), but rising trade tensions around the globe are among the biggest. President Trump, having declared that Americans “are on the losing side of almost all trade deals,” has erected new barriers to reverse that streak—leaving investors to wonder whether they’ll

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