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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 22 2018

Breakingviews - Rollback of Dodd-Frank won’t roll back time

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The first significant adjustment to post-crisis U.S. financial regulation, passed on Tuesday, is not going to unleash financial Gomorrah. Big banks will barely notice the difference. And even if the deregulatory tide continues, the financial markets have changed sufficiently that the good old days aren’t coming back any time soon.

May 11 2018

Breakingviews - Review: Get used to your bullsh*t job

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Nearly ninety years ago, economist John Maynard Keynes warned darkly about widespread “technological unemployment” – a condition which would replace human workers faster than it could find new uses for them. Looking at the low and falling jobless rates in large economies like the United States and Britain, it would be easy to assume he was wrong. But there may be an alternative explanation. Maybe jobs didn’t disappear as industry advanced, but just turned to bullshit.

May 05 2018

Robo-Buffett no longer such a ridiculous notion

OMAHA (Reuters Breakingviews) - The 40,000 shareholders crowding Omaha’s CenturyLink Center for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting Saturday didn’t come to hear about machine learning or smart beta. They’re here for Chairman Warren Buffett’s plain-speak – and maybe some See’s Candies peanut brittle. That’s probably fine for now. But the idea of a robo-version of the Oracle of Omaha is no longer a ridiculous notion.

Apr 27 2018

Breakingviews - The Exchange: China’s one-man revolution

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - President Xi Jinping wants to make China great again – but his “third revolution” has brought censorship, protectionism and military standoffs. China scholar Elizabeth Economy’s new book explains Xi’s muscular new approach, and offers suggestions on how the West should respond.

Apr 05 2018

Breakingviews - Chinese visitors can hit nerve tariffs don’t reach

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The fact that South Dakota’s official visitor website is available in Chinese speaks volumes about the links between the United States and the People’s Republic. Levies on Chinese TVs and microscopes, and U.S. soybeans and ginseng, threaten direct economic damage to both economies. But a reduction in the number of Chinese visitors to the United States, which has already begun, could hit a nerve that trade tariffs don’t reach.

Feb 26 2018

コラム:バフェット氏を待ちかまえる世代交代の落とし穴

[ニューヨーク 24日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - ほとんどの大手投資マネジャーは、公の場で会社社長の「買収欲」をティーンエージャーの「性欲」に例えることはしないだろう。

Feb 24 2018

Breakingviews - Buffett generational shift applies to investors too

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Most big investment managers don’t publicly compare the acquisitive desires of a chief executive to the sex drive of a “ripening teenager.” Warren Buffett isn’t the typical big investment manager, which is why Berkshire Hathaway has beaten the market for 36 of the last 52 years. Buffett still serves up the ample returns and folksy advice his fans love. But if a generational shift is underway, he is on the wrong side of it.

Dec 21 2017

Breakingviews - Tax cuts crystallize haves, wants, can’ts, won’ts

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) - The cut in the U.S. headline rate of corporation tax from 35 percent to 21 percent is a windfall. But to whom? Some companies say they will share the wealth with workers and communities. But there’s less to these claims than meets the eye.

Jan 11 2018

Breakingviews - Walmart pay hike is less than largesse

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Walmart’s new pay hike, purportedly inspired by the recent cut in the U.S. corporate tax rate, is a little less than real largesse. The U.S. supermarket chain’s extra spending on hourly wages is just a sliver of what it could save in tax, though – and a tight labor market is likely to have been a more potent driver.

Jan 03 2018

コラム:米中首脳に望む「2018年の最善策」

[ニューヨーク 20日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS] - 2018年は、グローバル経済の順風な航行が予測される。どれほどスムーズな航海になるかは、トランプ米大統領と中国の習近平国家主席という、世界国内総生産(GDP)の3分の1を牛耳る2人の指導者にかかっている。

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