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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

Jun 08 2018

Higher rates, tighter mortgage rules cool Canadian home prices: Reuters poll

OTTAWA Higher borrowing costs and tighter mortgage rules in Canada are seen dampening the country's home price growth more than previously anticipated this year and next, including in the once-hot markets of Toronto and Vancouver, a Reuters poll found.

Jun 08 2018

WRAPUP 1-Canada sheds jobs in May but wages grow by the most in six years

OTTAWA, June 8 The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed jobs in May as hiring declined in manufacturing and construction, although wages rose at their strongest annual pace in nearly six years, which could give the central bank room to raise interest rates as soon as July.

Jun 07 2018

Trade uncertainty 'a little more risky' now: Bank of Canada

OTTAWA Trade uncertainty feels more risky than it did in April, the head of the Bank of Canada said on Thursday, noting the impact of recent U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel imports will be incorporated into updated economic forecasts next month.

Jun 05 2018

Expect disagreements over tariffs at G7 summit: Canada official

OTTAWA The Group of Seven leading industrial nations at its summit this week is poised to disagree over U.S. metals tariffs, which have infuriated Canada and European Union members of the bloc, a Canadian official said on Tuesday.

May 24 2018

Reuters poll: Cautious on trade and debt, Bank of Canada likely to hold rates

OTTAWA The Bank of Canada will probably hold interest rates steady on May 30 as uncertain trade policy and indebted consumers necessitate caution, but firmer price and wage inflation will prompt two increases in the second half of 2018, a Reuters poll predicted.

May 18 2018

Canada inflation rate dips in April; central bank seen on hold in May

OTTAWA Canadian inflation cooled slightly in April, bolstering expectations the central bank will hold interest rates steady later this month and weakening the Canadian dollar.

May 16 2018

Bank of Canada says NAFTA uncertainty weighing on investment

OTTAWA Uncertainty about NAFTA renegotiations is one of the reasons the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates low, because concern about U.S. trade policy is dragging down business investment, Deputy Governor Lawrence Schembri said on Wednesday.

May 16 2018

Canada ready to cover Kinder Morgan loss, sees outside interest

OTTAWA Canada is prepared to cover some losses Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd might suffer if a proposed oil pipeline expansion is delayed and thinks other investors are ready to step in if need be, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday.

Apr 18 2018

Bank of Canada holds rates, prospects rise for a July hike

OTTAWA The Bank of Canada held interest rates steady on Wednesday, as expected, but said more hikes will be needed over time and pointed to a pick up in wage growth and inflation, two issues that have concerned the central bank.

Apr 09 2018

Canadian firms see pickup in sales growth: central bank survey

OTTAWA Canadian companies remain optimistic about sales growth despite trade uncertainties, the Bank of Canada said on Monday in a report that boosted the currency and reinforced expectations of further interest rate hikes down the line.

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