Trade optimism among U.S. business leaders is at an all-time high and
the U.S. is positioned to retain its dominance as a global technology
export leader, including in industrial machinery, for the next twenty
years, according to research by HSBC.
However, to maintain its supremacy, the U.S. will need to increase
research and innovation investment, according to data from the latest
HSBC Global Connections Trade Report, which includes the short-term
trade trends from the HSBC Trade Confidence Index and mid- and long-term
trade outlook from the HSBC Trade Forecast.
U.S. wholesalers/manufacturers most optimistic about stronger trade
The U.S. HSBC Trade Confidence Index rose to 115 from 114 six months
earlier, the highest level since its inception, and higher than the
global average of 113, driven by stronger global demand and increased
private sector confidence. The index is an international survey of small
and middle market businesses engaged in cross-border trade including
around 250 in the U.S. Unexpectedly strong recovery in leading
industrialized nations, including the U.S., has boosted global trade
confidence, according to the report.
U.S. wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers were the most optimistic
about the six month trade outlook with more than 70 percent of these
sector leaders expecting stronger trade flows. Other key findings
"The U.S. has a highly educated workforce, advanced technology and high
R&D investment rates," said Steve Bottomley, HSBC Group General Manager,
Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking for HSBC
in North America. "And with high demand growth in emerging markets
longer term, U.S. businesses and exporters should greatly benefit."
U.S. to remain global leader in technology exports over the next 20
In fact, U.S. technology-intensive exports will grow faster than total
U.S. trade over the midterm, and the U.S. is expected to retain its
position as a top technology goods exporter for the next two decades,
third highest among 25 countries included in the forecast. However,
emerging markets are rapidly increasing R&D investment to capture more
of the value of their merchandise exports, and the U.S. still has room
to improve its R&D spending, which currently ranks below Japan and
Korea, according to the report.
"As an owner of the intellectual property of high value goods, the U.S.
and other eveloped economies currently dominate the global technology
export market, but under-investment in R&D over the long term can pose a
competitive threat," said Prabhat Vira, Regional Head of Global Trade
and Receivables Finance in North America for HSBC. "The world economy is
becoming more knowledge-intensive and for the U.S. to retain its lead,
it's crucial that businesses continue to invest in research and
Technology goods are products such as office and automatic
data-processing machines, telecommunications equipment, electrical
machinery and appliances, and photographic apparatus and optical goods.
Technology is essential for maintaining and enhancing standards of
living, promoting business investment and supporting economic
Other trade findings from the report include:
For a copy of the Global Connections Trade Forecast report and for
further information, log onto http://www.globalconnections.hsbc.com/.
An infographic which portrays key findings from the latest trade
forecast is also available upon request.
Notes to editors:
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HSBC's Trade Forecast encompasses trade data for 25 countries and
territories key to world trade.
About the HSBC Trade Forecast - Modelled by Oxford Economics
Oxford Economics has tailored a unique service for HSBC which forecasts
bilateral trade for total exports/imports of goods, based on HSBC's own
analysis and forecasts of the world economy to generate a full bilateral
set of trade flows for total imports and exports of goods, and balances
between 180 pairs of countries.
Oxford Economics employs a global modelling framework that ensures full
consistency between all economies, in part driven by trade linkages. The
forecasts take into account factors such as the rate of demand growth in
the destination market and the exporter's competitiveness. Exports,
imports and trade balances are identified, with both historical
estimates and forecasts for the periods 2014-16, 2017-20 and 2021-30.
Sectors are classified according to the UN's Standard International
Trade Classifications according to the UN's Standard International Trade
Classifications (SITC) and grouped into 30 sector headings. More
information about the sector modeling can be found on http://www.globalconnections.hsbc.com/.
HSBC Trade Confidence Index
The HSBC Trade Confidence Index is conducted by TNS on behalf of HSBC in
a total of 23 markets, and is the largest trade confidence survey
globally. The current survey comprises six-month views of 5,800
exporters, importers and traders from small and mid-market enterprises
on: trade volumes, risk to suppliers, need and access to trade finance,
impact of exchange rates and regulation. The fieldwork for the current
survey was conducted between November - December 2013 and gauges
sentiment and expectations on trade activity and business growth in the
next six months.
HSBC Commercial Banking
For nearly 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting
customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves
businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals in
almost 60 developed and faster-growing markets around the world. Whether
it is working capital, trade finance or payments and cash management
solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to
thrive. With a network covering three quarters of global commerce, we
make HSBC the world's leading international trade and business bank. For
more information see www.hsbc.com/1/2/business-and-commercial.
About HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA, N.A.), with total
assets of $179.9bn as of 30 September 2013 (US GAAP), serves 3 million
customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial
banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and
markets segments. It operates more than 240 bank branches throughout the
United States. There are over 155 in New York State as well as branches
in: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Florida;
Maryland; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Oregon; Virginia; and Washington
State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc.,
an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc.
HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC.
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