6 Dec 18 - Tariff Man, Aussie GDP | Scales Result Global markets were in the red overnight, although the pace of selling eased on muted trading as Wall Street was closed for the funeral of former president George HW Bush. US President Donald Trump fuelled market unease when he tweeted his willingness to impose new tariffs if a deal can't be reached – saying he is a “Tariff Man”. As we touched on yesterday, while there was no clear trigger for the sell-off, investor sentiment remains fickle to say the least.   Closer to home, Australian economic growth (GDP) data was weaker than expected. Third-quarter economic growth data showed the Australian economy grew by 2.8% in the year to September, a pull-back after what was a surprisingly strong annual lift to 3.4%. The news prompted renewed speculation that the Reserve Bank's next move will be to cut rates, and saw the Aussie dollar fall.   St...