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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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New Zealand cenbank says domestic banks robust but not immune to threats

SYDNEY, May 24 New Zealand's central bank governor said on Thursday the country's banks are not immune to risks and that regulators needed to step up compliance checks on the sector amid damaging revelations of misconduct by Australian lenders.

23 May 2018

China among biggest economic risks for Australia: RBA governor

SYDNEY The possibility of "something going wrong in China" is among the biggest economic risks faced by Australia, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe said on Wednesday, citing the build-up of debt in the world's second largest economy.

22 May 2018

Dollar holds near four-month highs, oil near multi-year top

SYDNEY The dollar hovered near four-month highs on Tuesday on renewed optimism about global growth as the United States and China agreed to drop their tariff threats, while oil stayed at multi-year peaks over potential sanctions in Venezuela.

17 May 2018

Australian April jobless rate at 9-month high but full-time jobs jump

SYDNEY Australia's jobless rate rose to a nine-month high of 5.6 percent in April as more people looked for work, but the number of employed beat expectations as more full-time jobs were added.

16 May 2018

Australia's slow wage growth, weak sentiment bolster lower-for-longer rates view

SYDNEY Australian workers endured another quarter of feeble wage growth last quarter while consumer sentiment eased again in May, disappointing results that risk sapping economy-wide spending and restraining already-tepid inflation.

15 May 2018

Australia central bank 'a source of stability' as banking scandal threatens households

SYDNEY Damaging revelations of widespread misconduct in Australia's banking sector could hurt house price growth and household spending, the country's central bank said on Tuesday in a fresh signal that rates will stay at record lows for some time.

15 May 2018

Australia jobless rate needs to go lower for wage pressures to emerge -RBA

SYDNEY, May 15 Australia's wages growth has troughed and there are some tentative signs of pressure emerging, but there is a risk it may take a lower unemployment rate than currently expected to generate a sustained move higher, a central banker said.

11 May 2018

Australian, NZ dollars seen moving down but still in narrow band over a year: Reuters poll

SYDNEY Foreign exchange traders recalibrated their expectations downwards for the Australian and New Zealand dollars after steep losses recently, but the two are still seen trapped in a narrow trading band over one year, a Reuters poll showed.

08 May 2018

Australia budget sees early return to surplus, cuts personal taxes

CANBERRA Australia's center-right government said in its annual budget on Tuesday that it would return the country's finances to a small surplus in 2019/20, a year earlier than planned and after almost a decade of deficits.

04 May 2018

Australia's generational wealth divide dominates budget, election plans

SYDNEY/HYAMS BEACH, Australia Robyn and John Marlow own two properties in Australia - one in Sydney's affluent northern beaches, which earns them a steady rental income, and a multi-million dollar, three-bedroom house where they live about 200 km (125 miles) south.

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