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
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.
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.
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.
［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。
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Goldman Sachs is going to lose on the swings but gain on the roundabouts as a result of President Donald Trump’s tax reforms. The Wall Street firm will book a $5 billion charge in the fourth quarter, it said on Thursday, two-thirds of it from a new levy on the $31 billion or so earnings it holds abroad. Yet that should be more than offset by other goodies, notably a significantly lower corporate tax rate.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - The world is headed for a year of smooth economic sailing. How smooth depends on U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The best thing that a duo who steer one-third of the planet’s GDP can do for growth is nothing.
［ロンドン １５日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - アフリカ南部ジンバブエは変化を必要としている。望ましいのは劇的な変化かもしれないが、突然の変化ではない。 | Video
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Zimbabwe is a country in need of change – dramatic perhaps, but not sudden. The takeover of the government by the army on Wednesday, shortly after President Robert Mugabe ousted his deputy, could be the beginning of a long journey towards solving the grave economic problems that blight the African nation. Too severe an upheaval could leave the country further adrift.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Blame for failed initial public offerings is spread widely and thinly. Two British companies pulled their planned London listings on Friday, following weak performances from other new stocks. At the same time, tycoon-controlled Russian energy group En+ priced its shares at the bottom of the offer range. The one thing still rising is the number of banks working on IPOs. That’s part of the problem.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Short-term activism can sometimes produce long-term good. That is the case with the $14 billion scrapped merger between Clariant and Huntsman, which would have combined two chemical makers with little overlap into what was effectively a conglomerate. Now that the merger is off, Clariant can consider other options. But there is a catch, in the form of the activist duo that killed the deal. Investors now need to know whether they are a catalyst, or an inhibitor.