Macro Briefing: 31 August 2018

Trump prepared to escalate trade war with China: Reuters
China’s factory activity strengthened in August: Bloomberg
White House set to announce expansion of retirement plans for small firms: ABC
Trump says Dems can’t impeach him because economy is strong: Bloomberg
Currency crisis spreads, weighing on assets in emerging markets: CNBC
Weekly US jobless claims show labor market still tightening: CNBC
US inflation at six-year high in July: Bloomberg
Consumer spending up sharply in July–5th straight gain: MarketWatch