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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

11 Oct 2017

Dollar index hits two-week lows as Fed minutes show inflation concerns

NEW YORK The dollar fell on Wednesday to a two-week low against a basket of currencies, as the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest minutes hinted policy-makers are open to an interest rate increase in December despite concerns about weak inflation.

11 Oct 2017

Dollar index hits 2-week low ahead of FOMC minutes

NEW YORK The dollar fell on Wednesday to a two-week low against a basket of currencies, ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's release of the minutes on its September policy meeting where policy-makers decided to pare the central bank's $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

10 Oct 2017

Euro hits one-week high on upbeat data, view on ECB

NEW YORK The euro hit a one-week peak on Tuesday as Germany rang up its best month for exports in a year in August and expectations grew that the European Central Bank may consider scaling back its asset purchases.

10 Oct 2017

Euro rises to one-week high on upbeat data, view on ECB

NEW YORK The euro hit a one-week peak on Tuesday as Germany rang up its best month for exports in a year in August and expectations grew that the European Central Bank may consider scaling back its asset purchases.

09 Oct 2017

Dollar hovers at 10-week highs on Fed rate hike prospects

NEW YORK The dollar was firm against a basket of currencies on Monday, hovering at a 10-week high, as surprisingly stronger U.S. wages data in September bolstered bets the Federal Reserve would hike interest rates in December.

06 Oct 2017

U.S. September jobs data raise U.S. December rate-hike bets

NEW YORK U.S. interest rates futures fell on Friday as traders raised their bets on the Federal Reserve raising rates in December after data showed faster wage growth and the jobless rate hitting its lowest level in more than 16 years in September.

04 Oct 2017

Hurricanes hit U.S. hiring in September, services sector resilient

U.S. companies scaled back their hiring to an 11-month low in September after two powerful hurricanes disrupted some business activities, while the vast domestic services sector overcame those snags to expand at its fastest pace in 12 years.

28 Sep 2017

U.S. tax plan puts reflation trade back on investors' radar

The "reflation," or "Trumpflation," trade that drove financial markets after Donald Trump's surprise U.S. presidential election victory last November made a comeback on Wednesday as the unveiling of Trump's long-promised tax overhaul revived bets that markets would benefit from both faster economic growth and inflation.

20 Sep 2017

Dollar rises as Fed hints at December rate hike

NEW YORK The dollar rose broadly on Wednesday, hitting a two-month high versus the yen, as the Federal Reserve signalled it may raise interest rates for a third time this year even as inflation has remained below its 2 percent goal.

20 Sep 2017

U.S. mortgage applications fall on higher rates, storms: MBA

NEW YORK U.S. mortgage applications recorded their steepest weekly drop since December on a pickup in borrowing costs and Hurricane Irma's impact on Florida, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday.

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