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Saqib Iqbal Ahmed

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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Aug 20 2018

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ softer as muted risk appetite supports the greenback

* U.S. dollar firm across the board * Canadian government bond prices higher By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK, Aug 20 The Canadian dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, as lingering worries about an economic crisis in Turkey spreading to other emerging market countries provided support to the greenback. Higher-yielding currencies have taken a beating in recent days as investors reached for the relative safety of the U.S. currency amid worries that the currency crisis in Turkey could roil emerging markets further. "We still have this Turkey crisis and emerging markets are trading in bear territory, so there is natural attraction to wanting to own the U.S. dollar, and against Canada is no exception," said Dean Popplewell, vice president of market analysis at OANDA, in Toronto. At 9:31 a.m. EDT (1331 GMT), the Canadian dollar was trading about 0.1 percent lower at C$1.3072 to the greenback. The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was up 0.02 percent on the day. The loonie rose sharply on Friday following data that showed Canada's annual inflation rate surged to 3.0 percent in July, its highest level in nearly seven years, raising expectations that the Bank of Canada might raise interest rates again as soon as next month. Investors will be closely watching this week's trade talks between the United States and China, for clues to whether the two countries can resolve an escalating tariff war that threatens to engulf all trade between the world's two largest economies. Canada exports many commodities and runs a current account deficit, so its economy could be hurt if the flow of trade or capital slows. Canadian government bond prices were higher on Monday. The yield on the 10-year was at 2.238, down from 2.268, on Friday. (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Aug 17 2018

Dollar slips as China-U.S. trade worries ebb

NEW YORK The dollar fell against a basket of peers on Friday, retreating from a 13-month high hit earlier this week, on lower demand for the safe-haven greenback and some profit-taking, as worries about trade tensions between Washington and Beijing eased.

Aug 17 2018

FOREX-Dollar retreats as prospect of China-U.S. trade talks soothe nerves

* Lira resumes weakening on U.S. sanctions threats (New throughout, updates rates, comments to U.S. market open; changes dateline; previous LONDON)

Aug 16 2018

GRAPHIC-Trump's latest boost to the dollar: U.S.-Turkey spat

NEW YORK, Aug 16 President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for a weaker U.S. dollar in a bid to help U.S. exporters, but his recent trade policies, including the imposition of import tariffs on some Turkish goods, have instead strengthened the greenback.

Aug 16 2018

Trump's latest boost to the dollar: U.S.-Turkey spat

NEW YORK President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for a weaker U.S. dollar in a bid to help U.S. exporters, but his recent trade policies, including the imposition of import tariffs on some Turkish goods, have had the opposite effect of strengthening the greenback.

Aug 10 2018

Tesla short-sellers back in force as shares remain shaky

NEW YORK The number of Tesla Inc shares sold short has rebounded and are now higher than before CEO Elon Musk proposed on Tuesday taking the electric car maker private, according to data from financial technology and analytics firm S3 Partners.

Aug 09 2018

Tesla shares fall 5 percent on Wall St scepticism, SEC probe reports

NEW YORK Tesla Inc's shares slipped more than 5 percent to a two-day low on Thursday, wiping out all the gains fuelled by Chief Executive Elon Musk's recent tweet announcing a plan to take the company private. | Video

Aug 09 2018

Tesla shares fall 5 percent on Wall Street skepticism, SEC probe reports

NEW YORK Tesla Inc's shares slipped nearly 5 percent on Thursday, wiping out the gains fueled by Chief Executive Elon Musk's announcement of a plan to take the company private, after reports of concern by regulators and on doubt the deal could be done. | Video

Aug 07 2018

Tesla call options soar on Musk tweet, short-sellers hit

NEW YORK Some nimble traders in Tesla Inc's options made massive paper profits on Tuesday, while short-sellers were hit with about $1.3 billion in paper losses after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted he was considering taking the company private at $420 a share.

Aug 07 2018

Tesla call options soar on Musk tweet, short-sellers hit

NEW YORK Some nimble traders in Tesla Inc's options made massive paper profits on Tuesday, while short-sellers were hit with about $1.3 billion in paper losses after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted he was considering taking the company private at $420 a share.

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