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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

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EMERGING MARKETS-Dollar decline and data lift lira, emerging markets

LONDON, Dec 11 A weaker dollar and better-than-forecast economic data briefly lifted the Turkish lira to two-week highs on Monday, against a backdrop of generally firmer emerging assets and a half-percent rise in emerging equities.

Dec 08 2017

EMERGING MARKETS-Turkish lira, bank stocks set for weekly gain

LONDON, Dec 8 Emerging stocks bounced on Friday, thanks to robust Chinese data and higher tech shares while the Turkish lira and shares headed for big weekly gains as some of the risks to the country's banks appeared to recede.

Dec 07 2017

EMERGING MARKETS-Political risks keep emerging stocks near 2-mth lows

LONDON, Dec 7 Political risks and a firm dollar kept emerging markets in check on Thursday, with equities trading near two-month lows and currencies losing more ground against the greenback.

Dec 01 2017

EMERGING MARKETS-Turkish lira, banks in fresh selloff on US trial fears

LONDON, Dec 1 Turkish lira and bank stocks fell on Friday, extending losses and lagging other emerging markets after U.S. trial testimony implicated President Tayyip Erdogan in a plan to help Iran evade sanctions.

Nov 30 2017

Junk bond rally drawing to close, say European funds: Reuters poll

LONDON European funds reckon the end may be nigh for a multi-year bull run in junk-rated bonds, slashing allocations to two-year lows, even though most expect the global equity rally to extend into 2018.

Nov 30 2017

U.S. trial threatens funding for Turkey's dollar-dependent banks

LONDON/ISTANBUL Turkey's deteriorating finances are hurting the country's banks whose reliance on dollar funding makes them vulnerable to the worst-case scenario: a sudden halt or reversal of foreign investment flows.

Nov 28 2017

Zambia says 'must have' $1.3 bln IMF loan in place in 2018

LONDON, Nov 28 Zambia expects to host a mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before the end of the year and hopes to have a $1.3 billion loan deal in place in early 2018, Treasury Secretary Fredson Yamba said on Tuesday.

Nov 23 2017

Ratings cut? South Africa's local bonds already trade as junk

LONDON, Nov 23 South Africa's deeper descent into junk-credit territory and ejection from major global debt indexes seem to be accepted as a done deal before they actually happen, bond yields and default insurance costs suggest.

Nov 23 2017

EMERGING MARKETS-China tumble pushes emerging stocks lower, lira firms

LONDON, Nov 23 A tumble in Chinese and Hong Kong shares after recent surges pushed emerging equities lower on Thursday, though Turkey's lira firmed for a second day against the weak dollar, helped partly by comments from an adviser to the Turkish president.

Nov 21 2017

Venezuela bondholders look to form alliances under restructuring limbo

Holders of Venezuelan bonds are meeting with each other and considering forming committees, advisers and fund managers told Reuters, as questions mount about the feasibility of President Nicolas Maduro's proposal to restructure $60 billion of debt.


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