Afternoon Coffee: U.S., China Exchange Barbs Via WTO; Deadly Dam Disaster Raises Supply Concerns

China began the process to challenge the United States’ tariffs in a meeting with the World Trade Organization, Reuters reports Monday. The U.S. representative said China is the one not upholding WTO agreements, Reuters reports.

“China’s case, like others launched recently, may soon become impossible to resolve because of U.S. action that has halted the appointment of judges to hear appeals in trade disputes,” Reuters reports.

Iron-ore Price Rises

Iron-ore prices have increased after a dam collapse at a mine in Brazil killed at least 60 people Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports. After search-and-rescue efforts over the weekend, concerns on Monday turned to the future. The likelihood of a reduced supply and stricter regulations have investors considering the fallout, the Journal reports.

Dropbox to Acquire HelloSign

Dropbox, which helps users share documents in the cloud, is acquiring e-signature firm HelloSign, Bloomberg News reports today. HelloSign has more than 80,000 customers, including Instacart Inc. and Lyft Inc., Bloomberg reports.

Many procurement technology solutions for contract lifecycle management (CLM) and other areas use e-signature technology. Other e-signature firms include DocuSign and Adobe.

HelloSign is working on a way to replace PDFs, which are “ill-suited for viewing and filling out forms on mobile phones,” HelloSign Chief Executive Officer Joseph Walla told Bloomberg.

What Will the Fed Say???

And, finally, an update on interest rates: The Fed is meeting Wednesday, and all eyes are on the language that it’s using about interest rate increases this year. The Fed is likely to send a “reassuring note of patience,” the Associated Press reports.

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