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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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Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in

TOKYO Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs.

Nov 24 2017

Asian shares off 10-year peak, China hits three-month low

TOKYO Asian shares hovered below their 10-year peak on Friday while mainland Chinese shares dropped to three-month lows after big falls the previous day on concerns about fresh government steps to curb financial risks and rise in Chinese bond yields.

Nov 16 2017

Japan shares at crucial point of possible uptrend: Japan Post Bank CIO

TOKYO Japanese shares are at an important make-or-break point and a decisive rise above current levels will usher in a long-term uptrend in the market, Katsunori Sago, chief investment officer at Japan Post Bank, said on Thursday.

Nov 16 2017

Bank of Japan should consider selling put options on Japan stocks: Japan Post Bank CIO

TOKYO The Bank of Japan should consider using derivatives, rather than buying Japanese stock funds directly as it does now, to affect risk premium on stocks, because that would be a better tool, said the chief investment officer of Japan Post Bank.

Nov 16 2017

Bitcoin is a bubble, no plans to short-sell: Japan Post Bank CIO

TOKYO Bitcoin <BTC=BTSP> is in a bubble and its fair value should be around $100, or about 99 percent below the current level, Katsunori Sago, chief investment officer of Japan Post Bank said on Thursday.

Nov 15 2017

Dollar on back foot as tax deal doubts weigh, Aussie looks to jobs data

TOKYO The dollar was on the defensive on Thursday as doubts on the prospects of U.S. tax reforms offset an uptick in underlying U.S. inflation while the Australian dollar hovered near four-month lows ahead of key local jobs data.

Nov 07 2017

CME's Melamed sees bitcoin becoming new asset class

TOKYO Bitcoin is likely to become a new asset class in its own right, such as gold or stocks, which can be traded by major investors and regulated, not simply a crypto-currency, Leo Melamed, Chairman Emeritus of CME Group , said on Tuesday.

Nov 07 2017

Interview: Bitcoin a new asset class, not a crypto-currency - CME's Melamed

TOKYO Bitcoin is likely to become a new asset class in its own right, such as gold or stocks, which can be traded by major investors and regulated, not simply a crypto-currency, Leo Melamed, Chairman Emeritus of CME Group, said on Tuesday.

Nov 01 2017

Japanese stocks, long shunned, attract billions of foreign dollars

NEW YORK/TOKYO Japan is shaking off currency gains that typically punish its stocks, enticing foreign investors including Goldman Sachs Group Inc and BlackRock Inc, which are pumping billions of dollars into the country's equities.

Oct 15 2017

RPT-FOREX-Euro on defensive on political worries, tame inflation dents dollar

TOKYO, Oct 16 The euro was on the defensive early on Monday after Austria's election and on concerns over Catalonia's confrontation with Madrid, though the dollar also lacked momentum after soft U.S. inflation data.

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