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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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16 Feb 2018

Australia banks tighten mortgage checks amid government inquiry, face revenue strain

SYDNEY Australia’s largest banks have stepped up screenings of mortgage loan applications amid a powerful government-backed inquiry into the nation's lenders and their sales practices, potentially hurting revenues from their most lucrative products.

12 Feb 2018

Bank lending in spotlight as Australian inquiry begins

SYDNEY A government-backed inquiry into Australia's finance sector on Monday said it will start its year-long investigation by scrutinizing the selling tactics of banks' most lucrative products - mortgages. | Video

12 Feb 2018

Australia's big banks focus on job cuts as inquiry looms

SYDNEY Australia's big banks are responding to a revenue crunch by cutting jobs and other costs, prompting fears on the eve of an inquiry into their businesses that the industry's tarnished reputation is about to take another hit.

11 Feb 2018

Australia's big banks focus on job cuts as inquiry looms

SYDNEY Australia's big banks are responding to a revenue crunch by cutting jobs and other costs, prompting fears on the eve of an inquiry into their businesses that the industry's tarnished reputation is about to take another hit.

06 Feb 2018

Australia's Macquarie expects record annual profit

SYDNEY Macquarie Group Ltd, said on Tuesday it expects net profit to rise 10 percent in the year to the end of March to a new record of about A$2.4 billion ($1.89 billion), fuelled by its asset management, proprietary investing and banking services units.

05 Feb 2018

Australia green bond market muzzled by policy uncertainty

SYDNEY When National Australia Bank launched the country's first ever "green" mortgage bond last week, it kept its expectations for demand in check with price guidance at a similar level to a non-green bond it was also selling.

05 Feb 2018

Australia’s Westpac reports small fall in stressed assets, raising $590 million in capital

SYDNEY Westpac Banking Corp reported on Monday its stressed assets fell slightly in the three months to December 31 and also announced plans to raise A$750 million ($592 million) in capital through the launch of new hybrid securities.

30 Jan 2018

Australian regulator starts legal action against CBA over rate-manipulation allegations

SYDNEY Australia's corporate regulator said on Tuesday it had started legal proceedings against Commonwealth Bank of Australia over rate-manipulation allegations.

29 Jan 2018

Australia's CBA surprises with internal CEO hire amid money-laundering scandal

SYDNEY Commonwealth Bank of Australia handed the CEO mantle to its retail banking boss Matt Comyn, in a move the lender hopes will bring stability as it battles a money-laundering scandal and braces for a powerful industry-wide inquiry into misconduct.

17 Jan 2018

ANZ drops quarterly earnings updates amid debate over their worth

SYDNEY, Jan 17 Australia and New Zealand Banking Group said it will stop reporting quarterly earnings figures in a decision that has surprised many analysts and reignited a debate over the value and cost of the updates.

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