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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.

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South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with "speculative mania"

SEOUL South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. | Video

12 Dec 2017

Bitcoin exchange Bithumb says 'right' regulations in South Korea would boost market

SEOUL The Seoul-based operator of the world's busiest virtual currency exchange Bithumb said on Tuesday it will fully comply with potential regulations from the South Korean government and adequately capitalize itself to protect its clients.

06 Dec 2017

Samsung Heavy in new rights offering to cut credit risks, shares plunge

SEOUL South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries announced its second rights offering in two years to lessen the risk of tighter credit conditions and forecast a fourth straight year of operating losses, prompting a near 30 percent slide in its shares.

30 Nov 2017

South Korea raises rates for first time in six years, flags job market risks

SEOUL South Korea's central bank raised interest rates for the first time in more than six years on Thursday, yet tempered market expectations for more by raising concerns about the job market and other uncertainties.

15 Nov 2017

South Korea postpones university exam after rare earthquake

SEOUL South Korea postponed its annual university entrance exam by a week on Wednesday after a rare earthquake rattled the country, shaking buildings and causing damage but no deaths.

01 Nov 2017

South Korea economy on rising tide as exports boom, inflation moderates

SEOUL Soaring memory chip sales helped South Korea exports record 12 consecutive months of growth in October, evidence Asia's fourth largest economy is stepping up a gear.

31 Oct 2017

South Korea factory output grows at fastest annual rate in four years

SEOUL South Korea's September factory output barely grew from a month earlier but nonetheless notched the fastest annual jump in more than four years, Statistics Korea said on Tuesday.

27 Oct 2017

Bank of Korea seen hiking rates November 30 for first time in over six years: Reuters poll

SEOUL South Korea's central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in over six years at its Nov. 30 meeting, months earlier than previously anticipated, after the economy grew at a robust pace in the third quarter, a Reuters poll showed.

26 Oct 2017

South Korea economy posts fastest growth in seven years, brushes off geopolitical tensions

SEOUL South Korea's economy clocked its fastest growth in seven years last quarter, as global demand for the country's electronics more than offset the impact of regional geopolitical strains on trade and boosted expectations for an imminent interest rate rise.

25 Oct 2017

With China dream shattered over missile land deal, Lotte faces costly overhaul

SEOUL Pressed by Seoul into a land swap deal needed for a controversial new missile defense system earlier this year, South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group had good reason to be skeptical.

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