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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

Apr 24 2018

Australia inflation stays soft in first quarter, interest rates seen going nowhere

SYDNEY Australian consumer prices stayed soft last quarter as core inflation began a third year below the central bank's target, cementing expectations any hike in interest rates is a long distance off.

Apr 18 2018

Australia employment soft in March, record run ruined by revisions

SYDNEY, April 19 Australian employment barely rose in March while a sharp downward revision to February ruined a record-breaking run of gains, a disappointing outcome that hurt the local dollar and reinforced the case against a rate hike.

Apr 03 2018

Australia's central bank sits tight in "masterful" inaction

SYDNEY Australia's central bank left interest rates at record lows on Tuesday, the longest stretch without a change in almost three decades, and looked set to extend this period of "masterful inaction" for some time yet.

Mar 26 2018

Global Markets: Asia shares cheered by trade hopes, dollar downcast

SYDNEY Asian share markets rose sharply on Tuesday as reports of behind-the-scenes talks between the United States and China rekindled hopes a damaging trade war could be averted, in turn sapping the strength of the dollar and yen.

Mar 07 2018

Australia's central bank chief slams U.S. tariffs, confident on domestic growth

SYDNEY The head of Australia's central bank is upbeat about domestic economic growth despite a disappointing end to last year, but fears the specter of a trade war calling threatened U.S. tariffs "highly regrettable."

Mar 06 2018

Australia's central bank chief slams U.S. tariffs, confident on domestic growth

SYDNEY The head of Australia's central bank is upbeat about domestic economic growth despite a disappointing end to last year, but fears the spectre of a trade war calling threatened U.S. tariffs "highly regrettable."

Mar 06 2018

Australian economy hit speed bump in fourth quarter, RBA still upbeat on future

SYDNEY Australia's economic growth slowed last quarter as bad weather hit exports, though stronger-than-expected government spending and a revival in household consumption helped the country extend its 26-year run without recession.

Mar 06 2018

FOREX-Dollar hit by U.S. protectionism fears as Cohn leaves White House

SYDNEY/TOKYO, March 7 The dollar extended its latest retreat on Wednesday after a key advocate for free trade in the White House announced his resignation, fanning fears President Donald Trump would go ahead with tariffs and risk a trade war.

Mar 06 2018

FOREX-Dollar extends decline amid trade jitters, Korea talks

SYDNEY, March 7 The dollar extended its latest retreat in Asia on Wednesday after a key advocate for free trade in the White House announced his resignation, fanning fears President Donald Trump would go ahead with tariffs and risk a trade war.

Mar 04 2018

Australian firms spread the pay out amid hiring boom

SYDNEY Australian firms paid out a record amount in wages last quarter as a boom in hiring bloated their pay bill, a much-needed boost to consumer incomes and spending power at a time when overall growth in salaries remains subdued.

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