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Julia Payne

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

Apr 11 2018

Varo Energy scrapped IPO as U.S.-China trade dispute hit markets: CEO

LONDON Varo Energy canceled its Amsterdam flotation after seeing how the U.S.-China trade dispute had roiled global markets and negatively affected other European initial public offerings, the company's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.

Apr 06 2018

JP Morgan says it knew ex-minister linked to firm in Nigeria oilfield deal

LONDON JP Morgan Chase has acknowledged it knew a former Nigerian oil minister convicted of money laundering would benefit when it transferred over $800 million of government funds to a company he controlled, according to a court document seen by Reuters.

Apr 04 2018

Trafigura signs three-year cobalt deal with Shalina Resources subsidiary

LONDON Commodities trader Trafigura has signed an offtake agreement for cobalt hydroxide running to December 2020 with Shalina Resources and its subsidiary Chemaf, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chemaf said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mar 29 2018

Miners propose Congo sliding royalty scale to resolve row

LONDON/DAKAR International mining firms including Glencore and Randgold on Thursday proposed a sliding scale for royalty rates on key commodities mined in Democratic Republic of Congo as an alternative to a windfall tax.

Mar 27 2018

Exclusive: Traders back local firms to buy Petrobras' Nigerian oilfield stakes

LONDON Global oil traders Vitol and Glencore are in talks to financially back Nigerian firms racing to buy assets owned by Brazil's Petrobras valued at up to $2 billion, several sources familiar with the matter said.

Mar 26 2018

Energy trader Vitol's traded oil volumes edged lower in 2017

LONDON The world's largest oil trader Vitol said on Monday that its traded crude and products volumes fell slightly in 2017 as it focused on its mid and downstream acquisitions and added assets in the United States by acquiring Noble Group's oil business.

Mar 22 2018

Goldman alumni set up $1 billion macro fund with focus on commodities

LAUSANNE, Switzerland Jonathan Goldberg, the founder of one of the world's largest energy-focused hedge funds BBL Commodities, is launching a new $1 billion macro fund with his former Goldman Sachs colleague Ben Jacobs that will trade currencies and equity indices based on commodities trends.

Mar 20 2018

Trafigura moves hedging out of Europe, leads U.S. oil exports race

LAUSANNE, Switzerland Trading giant Trafigura has moved its commodities hedging operations to the United States and Asia and away from Europe to avoid being subject to new, tighter MiFID II market regulations.

Mar 20 2018

Chinese control of cobalt supply is risk for car industry: Glencore

LAUSANNE, Switzerland The automotive industry is waking up too late to the fact that China will hold most of the world's supply of cobalt, a key metal for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, Glencore Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday.

Mar 20 2018

Exclusive: India's Essar Oil picks Trafigura, BP for $1 billion oil-backed loan

LONDON Essar Oil has picked Trafigura and BP to lend it $1 billion to be repaid with cargoes of refined products as the Indian refiner's new owners seek to diversify the firm's financing base, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.


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