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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

12 Jul 2018

Halfway home, Bank of Canada sees the economy getting a refuel

TORONTO/OTTAWA, July 12 Having cut interest rates in 2015 to counter the oil slump, the Bank of Canada is now looking for a handoff from housing to energy as a source of growth, hoping higher prices can cushion the impact global trade tension has on exports and investment.

10 Jul 2018

Trade row won't stop Bank of Canada rate hike, at least not yet

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 10 A trade row between Canada and the United States won't be enough to stop the Bank of Canada from raising rates this week, but bigger storm clouds over trade could mean it is the last hike for a while, analysts and financial markets believe.

06 Jul 2018

Canadian dollar seen higher but trade uncertainty to crimp gains: Reuters poll

TORONTO Canada's dollar will climb over the coming year, a Reuters poll showed, but forecasters are less bullish than they were a month ago as escalating trade uncertainty competes with expected Bank of Canada interest rate hikes.

04 Jul 2018

Canadian dollar hovers near three-week high as oil prices rise

TORONTO The Canadian dollar steadied against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday while holding near its strongest level in nearly three weeks, as oil prices rose and investors braced for a potential interest rate hike next week from the Bank of Canada.

29 Jun 2018

Energy and pot stocks help TSX to best quarter in 4 years

TORONTO, June 29 Canada's main stock index notched its biggest quarterly gain in more than four years and could gain more this year as higher oil prices boost energy shares and legalization of pot leads to deal making among cannabis companies, investors said.

20 Jun 2018

Trade tensions lower investors' sights for Bank of Canada terminal rate

TORONTO Investors are betting that Bank of Canada interest rate hikes will peak before they reach the central bank's estimate of neutral, as rising trade tensions and high domestic debt loads threaten to slow the growth of the country's economy.

14 Jun 2018

WRAPUP 1- Canada debt-to-income ratio hits 2-yr low as rates set to rise

OTTAWA/TORONTO, June 14 Canadian household debt as a share of income slipped in the first quarter to a two-year low, a development sure to please policymakers worried about the pain that rising interest rates will cause.

08 Jun 2018

Investors seek policy details after Conservatives set to win Ontario election

TORONTO Populist Doug Ford's projected election victory in Ontario will send investors searching for an economic blueprint for the right-leaning Progressive Conservative Party, which ended 15 years of Liberal rule in Canada's most populous province.

08 Jun 2018

Investors seek economic policy details after Conservatives win Ontario election

TORONTO, June 7 Populist Doug Ford's election victory in Ontario on Thursday will send investors searching for an economic blueprint for the right-leaning Progressive Conservative Party, which ended 15 years of Liberal rule in Canada's most populous province.

07 Jun 2018

Canadian dollar seen up on Bank of Canada rate hikes; NAFTA a wild card: Reuters poll

TORONTO Canada's dollar will strengthen over the coming year as economic growth prompts the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates again, a Reuters poll showed, but strategists see risk to their bullish forecasts from NAFTA talks.

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