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Wayne Cole

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

Aug 16 2018

Australia central bank governor signals lower for longer rates

SYDNEY Australia's top central banker made an explicit case on Friday for rates to remain at record lows for some time yet as inflation stays lukewarm while there is still some spare capacity in the labor market.

Aug 08 2018

China stock rally helps steady nerves, Russian rouble skids

SYDNEY Asian share markets found support on Thursday as a rally in Chinese stocks helped offset the latest escalation in the Sino-U.S. trade war, while Russia's rouble tumbled as the United States slapped fresh sanctions on the country.

Aug 07 2018

Australia's central bank celebrates second anniversary of policy inactivity

SYDNEY Australia's central bank has marked two whole years with no move in interest rates, the longest policy pause in its modern history, as optimism on the economy is tempered by miserly wage growth and muted inflation.

Aug 02 2018

Australian trade surplus swells as China sucks up resources

SYDNEY Australia's trade surplus blew past expectations in June as exports to China boomed to their second highest on record, a sign the commodity-leveraged country was weathering the early stages of Sino-U.S. tariff hostilities.

Jul 30 2018

Australian home investors in full retreat as prices fall

SYDNEY Growth in Australian home loans for investment hit record lows in June as tighter lending standards and hikes in some mortgage rates sucked the life out of the buy-to-let sector, piling further pressure on house prices.

Jul 18 2018

Australia jobs jump in June, still plenty left to hire

SYDNEY Australian employment surged by the most this year in June as firms took on more full-time workers, yet the jobless rate held steady as more people entered the labor force in a trend that has curbed much-needed wage gains.

Jul 18 2018

Going, going gone for Australia's house price boom. And some investors smell trouble

SYDNEY It's a winter weekend in Sydney's bustling northern suburb of Chatswood and a three-bedroom family house sporting an endless garden is up for auction. It's priced to sell at A$1.88 million ($1.4 million) but no buyers bite and the sale is abandoned.

Jul 18 2018

Australia economy set to keep growing, even as clouds gather: poll

SYDNEY Australia's economy appears to be gathering momentum this year as population growth fuels a boom in public investment, though high debt levels at home and trade tensions abroad loom as ever-greater threats.

Jul 05 2018

Australian, New Zealand dollars seen weathering global trade squall: Reuters poll

SYDNEY Foreign exchange analysts have trimmed their forecasts for the Australian and New Zealand dollars, but most still seem confident they can weather the worst of President Donald Trump's tariff-inspired trade disputes.

Jul 03 2018

Australian shoppers show flicker of life, exporters sparkle

SYDNEY, July 4 Australian shoppers splashed out on clothing and at department stores in May in a much-needed fillip to consumption, while a strong month for resource exports also augured well for economic growth.

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