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"When Trade Stops, War Starts" Jack Ma Warns As China Protests US Sanctions On Iran

Having recently accused the US of 'wasting $14 trillion on war instead of its people', China's second richest man, Jack Ma, continued to voice his concerns to President Trump on a recent trip to Australia, warning retreat from globalization will only result in trouble. This followed China "lodging representations" with the United States over Washington's new sanctions list targeting Iran, which includes Chinese companies and individuals.

Mario Draghi Hints Trump Will Be Responsible For The Next Financial Crisis

According to Mario Draghi, portfolio manager of the world's biggest hedge fund, it is not his gargantuan balance sheet equal to 36% of the eurozone GDP, nor the $14 trillion in global central bank liquifity that will be responsible for the next market crash, but that Donald Trump's deregulation of the banking industry has "sown the seeds of the next financial crisis."

Trump Slams Negative Polls As "Fake News"

"Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting. I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data."

Frontrunning: February 6

  • The Patriots’ Insane Comeback: One for the History Books (WSJ)
  • Euro fades in face of French election risks (Reuters)
  • Legal battles to test Trump and his travel ban (Reuters)
  • Standoff Looms Over Travel Ban; Trump Rips Judge (WSJ)
  • Trump Set to Attend NATO Summit in May (WSJ)

French Spread Blows Out After Fillon Announces Unexpected Press Conference

In latest political twist in the French presidential race, AFP reports that recent French presidential frontrunner Francois Fillon, who has been embroiled in a major graft scandal, will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. at which many traders are expecting he will announce that he is stepping down, although according to subsequent Reuters reports Fillon may launch a "counter attack" against the fake job scandal that has sent his standing in the polls crashing.

Global Stocks, US Futures Rise Despite Growing Political Tension In Europe

In a relatively quiet session, which may see US traders sleep in a bit after last night's Superbowl thriller, European and Asian shares rose ahead of Mario Draghi’s testimony at the European Parliament, while US equity futures were fractionally higher (up 0.1% to 2,293) after stocks jumped the most in a week, as traders assessed the trajectory for interest rates while scrutinizing every new Trump tweet.

It's Time To Start Worrying About China Again

The central bank on Friday increased the interest rates on reverse repo by 10bp - the last time the PBOC raised OMO rates was more than two years ago in 2014. The PBOC also increased SLF rates, in what some have dubbed "the Most Important Unnoticed Global Event."