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US Household Debt Rose To $12.6 Trillion In 2016: Biggest Jump In A Decade

While it does not contain any new information to those who track the monthly, G.19, consumer credit releases by the Fed, the quarterly NY Fed report on Household Debt and Credit Developments provides a convenient one-stop summary of quarterly changes in household finances. What the latest report issued this morning revealed, is that total US household debt jumped in Q4 driven by increases in credit card debt, auto and student loans, and a Q4 surge in mortgage originations, and as of December 31, 2016, stood at $12.58 trillion, a $226 billion (1.8%) increase from the third quarter of 2016. For the full year 2016, total household debt rose by $460 billion, the biggest annual increase in a decade.

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US To Sell 10 Million Barrels Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve In February

Following a January announcement according to which the DOE planned to sell 8 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and which some speculated was the reason for the big buildup in crude inventories in the past several weeks, today the U.S. Energy Department said it will sell 10 million barrels of oil from the government's emergency crude reserve in late February. 

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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.

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Le Pen Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Echoing Trump: The Highlights From Her Manifesto

The leader of the anti-immigration French National Front party Marine Le Pen kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday by echoing many of the same vows that brought Trump to power in the US, hoping promises to shield voters from globalization, promote protectionism, leave the Eurozone, slap taxes on imports and on the job contracts of foreigners, lower the retirement age, increasing welfare benefits and boost defense spending push her above her competitors at a time of sweeping political turmoil in France.

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Louvre Terror Attack Suspect Identified As 29-Year-Old Egyptian-Born UAE Resident

Following up on this morning latest terrorist attack in Paris, in which a terrorist suspect attacked soldiers with a machete near the Louvre art gallery in Paris, Reuters reports that according to a French prosecutor, the assailant has been identified as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo, who was living in the United Arab Emirates.

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