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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 15 2015

Bank proposes ETF-style trusts to boost liquidity

NEW YORK (IFR) - A bank proposal to pool corporate bonds of a single borrower into an ETF-style “trust” to help solve the credit markets’ chronic illiquidity problem is being circulated among issuers and investors, and finding some support.

May 11 2015

Borrowers warned: Don't be fooled by high grade market resilience

NEW YORK, May 11 (IFR) - Apple, Shell and AbbVie blitzed the US bond market last week with a combined US$34bn of jumbo bond deals in just two days, bringing the week's tally to US$52bn, the fourth-largest of all time.

Apr 17 2015

Hedge fund pressure unlikely to block Qualcomm bond

NEW YORK, April 17 (IFR) - Hedge fund pressure to break up Qualcomm is not likely to be an obstacle when the world's largest phone chip-maker comes to market as expected with a jumbo bond to finance a share buyback.

Apr 13 2015

Mizuho pushing to become top-10 bond bank

NEW YORK, April 13 (IFR) - Mizuho took a giant leap towards becoming a top 10 underwriter of US corporate bonds this month by hiring 130 debt capital markets and corporate finance bankers from RBS.

Apr 10 2015

Perrigo acquisition could threaten Mylan's investment grade

NEW YORK, April 10 (IFR) - Drugmaker Mylan is at risk of dropping back into junk territory if it doesn't strike a perfect balance between bond and equity to finance its proposed US$30bn acquisition of healthcare supplier Perrigo, analysts warned.

Apr 02 2015

TRLPC - Mizuho to hire 200 RBS employees to build U.S. unit

NEW YORK Mizuho Bank [MZFGEU.UL] is expected to hire roughly 200 Royal Bank of Scotland [RBSRB.UL] employees as early as next week following its agreement to buy RBS's U.S. and Canadian $36.5 billion (£25 billion) loan portfolio, banking sources told Thomson Reuters LPC and IFR.

Apr 02 2015

Mizuho to hire 200 RBS employees to build U.S. unit

NEW YORK Mizuho Bank [MZFGEU.UL] is expected to hire roughly 200 Royal Bank of Scotland [RBSRB.UL] employees as early as next week following its agreement to buy RBS's U.S. and Canadian $36.5 billion loan portfolio, banking sources told Thomson Reuters LPC and IFR.

Feb 13 2015

Yield hungry European investors flock to US corporate bonds

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (IFR) - Yield hungry European pension funds and other non-US investors are diving into US corporate bonds at a pace that bankers and asset managers said they haven't seen since the financial crisis.

Feb 10 2015

Microsoft launches biggest bond of the year

NEW YORK (IFR) - Microsoft took a leaf out of Apple's playbook on Monday and issued a US$10.75bn bond issue - the biggest so far this year - in part to return money to its shareholders.

Feb 05 2015

Low rates, M&A spur flood of pharma debt deals

NEW YORK, Feb 5 (IFR) - Merck & Co's US$8bn jumbo bond is just the tip of the iceberg of debt supply from the healthcare sector in the months ahead with brand names like Novartis and Pfizer set to compete for investor cash.

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