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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.

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Sep 21 2017

Brazil's central bank trims inflation forecast, sees faster growth

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank trimmed its inflation forecast on Thursday and said it expected economic growth to pick up into next year, painting a rosier picture for Latin America's largest economy as interest rates approach record lows.

Sep 06 2017

Brazil cuts rates to 8.25 percent, signals gradual end to easing

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank slashed interest rates to a four-year low on Wednesday to spur an incipient economic recovery, but said the pace of monetary easing would probably be reduced next month as policymakers prepared to gradually stop cutting rates.

Sep 06 2017

Brazil set to slash rates by another 100 bps to four-year low

BRASILIA, Sept 6 Brazil's central bank is set to cut benchmark interest rates on Wednesday to their lowest since 2013, keeping a fast pace of monetary easing as inflation remains contained during a slow economic recovery.

Sep 05 2017

Brazil's Rio state secures $20 billion through federal rescue plan

BRASILIA Brazil's government announced a financial rescue plan for cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday that should allow it to pay about 63 billion reais ($20.16 billion) in salaries and debts through 2020.

Aug 30 2017

WTO orders Brazil to remove subsidies, government to appeal

BRASILIA The World Trade Organization on Wednesday gave Brazil 90 days to withdraw several industrial stimulus programs, supporting complaints of unfair competition by Japan and the European Union, a decision the government will appeal.

Aug 24 2017

Brazil's farm lobby to demand broader tax renegotiation program

BRASILIA Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby will insist on greater farmer benefits in a tax renegotiation program, the head of the congressional farm caucus told Reuters on Thursday, defying opposition from the Finance Ministry amid a budget crisis.

Aug 24 2017

Brazil lower house approves main text of BNDES benchmark bill

BRASILIA Brazil's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved the main text of a bill creating a market-based benchmark interest rate for state lender BNDES, in a victory for President Michel Temer.

Aug 22 2017

Brazil's opposition delays vote on state lending benchmark

BRASILIA Brazil's main opposition party obstructed a key measure of President Michel Temer's economic agenda on Tuesday, delaying a congressional committee vote by one day on a proposal to create a market-based benchmark for state lender BNDES.

Aug 15 2017

Brazil softens budget deficit goals through 2020

BRASILIA Brazil's government loosened its budget targets for all years through 2020 on Tuesday, delaying prospects for a drop in the federal deficit after legislators repeatedly refused to raise taxes in the recession-hit economy.

Aug 09 2017

Brazil central bank sees rate cuts despite stronger job market

BRASILIA Brazil's job market has recovered slightly faster than expected after a deep recession, but that should not prevent the central bank from cutting interest rates in coming months, bank president Ilan Goldfajn told Reuters on Wednesday.

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