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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Most Asian currencies softened versus the dollar on Monday, marking a slow start to a potentially tense week amid caution ahead of a key U.S. Federal meeting.
Most emerging Asian currencies on Friday slipped against the dollar, which firmed overnight, as many investors refrained from taking positions ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week that will set the tone for U.S. fiscal policy in 2018.
Asian currencies consolidated recent strong gains on Monday, starting the week on a subdued note against the dollar as the U.S. currency made little headway after faltering over the past month.
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd has dropped plans to sell its vehicle finance unit to HNA Group after New Zealand blocked the $460 million deal last month over concerns about the Chinese conglomerate's ownership structure.
Asian currencies firmed on Tuesday, marking a strong start for the new year as sentiment was boosted by gains in the euro, while a weaker U.S. dollar prompted further interest in Asia.
Dec 15 Australian shares fell back below 6,000 points on Friday, led mostly by banking stocks after the financial transactions watchdog increased the number of money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the nation's largest lender.
Dec 14 Australian shares rose to their highest in more than a month on Thursday as sentiment turned positive after the U.S. Fed raised interest rates on Wednesday and painted a rosier picture of global economic growth.
Dec 13 Australian shares inched up to a two-week high on Wednesday as financials rose in line with their U.S. peers, while the real estate sector was bumped up by shopping centre company Westfield Corp after it received a takeover offer from France's Unibail-Rodamco SE.
Dec 12 Australian shares inched to a near two-week high on Tuesday, supported by materials stocks on the back of higher commodity prices, while financials extended gains into their fifth consecutive session.
Oct 13 Australian shares hit their highest in more than three months on Friday as healthcare stocks ticked up after the government announced reforms to streamline private health insurance.