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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

Jan 18 2018

Australia's economy to reach cruising altitude on global tailwind: poll

SYDNEY Australia's economy is seen cruising at a comfortable click over the next two years courtesy of strength in jobs, business investment and public spending, though miserly wage growth and a heavily-indebted consumer lurk as threats.

Jan 10 2018

Australian retail sales surge on iPhone, Black Friday bonanza

SYDNEY Australian retail sales surged past all expectations in November as consumers splashed out on Apple iPhones and Black Friday promotions, a major boost for an economy that had been struggling with sluggish spending.

Jan 08 2018

Australia's home building boom gets new burst of energy

SYDNEY, Jan 9 Approvals to build new homes in Australia surged to 15-month highs in November as more apartment towers got the go-ahead, an unexpected return to strength that should drive activity and hiring across the economy.

Jan 08 2018

Asia stocks saunter toward historic high, U.S. earnings hurdle

SYDNEY Asian shares crept toward all-time peaks on Monday after Wall Street boasted its best start to a year in over a decade, with brisk economic growth and benign inflation proving a potent cocktail for risk appetites.

Dec 29 2017

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks cheer $9 trillion year, downer for the dollar

LONDON/SYDNEY, Dec 29 Markets were ending 2017 in a party mood on Friday after a year in which a concerted pick-up in global growth boosted corporate profits and commodity prices, while benign inflation kept central banks from snatching away the monetary punch bowl.

Dec 21 2017

Global Markets: Asia stocks subdued as U.S. tax cuts slug bonds

SYDNEY Asian markets offered a muted reception on Thursday to the passage of U.S. tax cuts as benefits to company bottom lines were already baked into stock prices, while bonds were spooked by the blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways.

Dec 17 2017

Australian government foresees smaller budget deficits, surplus in 2020/21

SYDNEY Australia's conservative government on Monday predicted its budget deficit would shrink faster than previously expected and finally return to surplus in 2020/21, putting an end to a decade of shortfalls.

Dec 14 2017

Australia's population growth outpaces world as migrants rush in

SYDNEY Australia's population is expanding at the fastest pace in the developed world as skilled migrants flock to the resource-rich nation, a fillip to economic growth overall but perhaps also a source of puzzling weakness in wages.

Dec 12 2017

Australia central bank governor says bitcoin fascination is 'speculative mania'

SYDNEY The fascination with virtual currencies feels more like a "speculative mania", the head of Australia's central bank said on Wednesday, just days after the launch of the world's first bitcoin futures.

Dec 12 2017

Australia central bank governor says bitcoin fascination is 'speculative mania'

SYDNEY The fascination with virtual currencies feels more like a "speculative mania", the head of Australia's central bank said on Wednesday, just days after the launch of the world's first bitcoin futures.

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