Iran

US Unleashes New Sanctions On Iran; Russia Says "Counter-Productive"

The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump seeks to punish Tehran for its ballistic missile program after warning the Islamic Republic that it is “playing with fire." As Bloomberg reports, the Treasury Department published a list of 13 individuals and 12 entities facing new restrictions, some for contributing to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and others for links to terrorism.

Who Are Those Refugees Australia Doesn't Want?

Whether there is an agreement to be had between the United States and Australia for the resettlement of Australia's interned population or not, it is clear that this deal had more to it than the Obama Administration - or the Turnbull government - wanted to admit.

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The Trump administration continues to sabre-rattle at global powers and threatens to disrupt the status-quo of international relations. Comments in just 24-hours by Donald Trump and his team have included attacking an Ivy League university, a nuclear power and two of the United States’ key trading partners.

Frontrunning: February 3

  • Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank, Fiduciary Rule (WSJ)
  •  CEOs to meet with Trump amid tensions (Reuters)
  • Trump’s CEO Brain Trust Meets Amid Widening Rifts (BBG)
  • Business coalition supports border tax (Reuters)
  • Nordstrom winds down relationship with Ivanka Trump brand (Reuters)

US Futures Rise Ahead Of Payrolls Following A Surprise-Filled Asian Session

European stocks and S&P futures rose modestly ahead of January US payrolls data, along with the dollar, while Asian shares dropped after China returned from a week-long holiday. Bonds slid, oil rose while the JGB intervened in the bond market to prevent a bond rout, in one of two major surprises during the Asian session.

Iran Just Officially Ditched The Dollar

Following President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Iranian government announced it would stop using the U.S. dollar “as its currency of choice in its financial and foreign exchange reports,” the local Financial Tribune reported.