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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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15 Nov 2017

Fighting to survive, Noble Group in talks to ensure liquidity

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE Struggling commodities trader Noble Group has started talks with stakeholders to restructure its debt and secure trade finances in a bid to keep its business running, just weeks after it agreed to sell some assets and flagged a massive loss.

14 Nov 2017

Aberdeen Standard upbeat on Singapore banks, warns on DBS provisions

SINGAPORE Aberdeen Standard Investments said it likes Singapore banks due to their strong balance sheets and quest for new growth drivers but warned that the management of top lender DBS risks losing credibility if it takes any more big provisions for oil and gas loans.

09 Nov 2017

Noble flags weak outlook after $1.2 billion third-quarter loss, shrinking liquidity

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG Commodities trader Noble Group reported a third-quarter loss of $1.17 billion, hit by charges from disposals of some of its businesses, and warned that the operating environment remains challenging.

09 Nov 2017

Japan's MUFG seeks $1.8 billion Bank Danamon stake in southeast Asia push: sources

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is in talks to buy a 40 percent stake in Bank Danamon Indonesia for around 200 billion yen ($1.75 billion), a person with direct knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Thursday.

09 Nov 2017

Noble Group's debt plans in focus as company set to report big loss

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE, Nov 9 Noble Group's strategy to service its debt and turn around its businesses will be in the spotlight on Thursday as the commodities trader prepares to unveil a massive quarterly loss, hit by one-time charges. The Singapore-listed company, once among the world's biggest traders, is shrinking to an Asian-centric firm focused mainly on coal and LNG, after slashing jobs and selling assets to cut debt and emerge from two years of crisis.

07 Nov 2017

Exclusive: General Electric explores options for aircraft leasing unit - sources

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK General Electric Co is weighing options for its aircraft leasing operations, including the sale of all or part of the business, as Chief Executive John Flannery searches for new divestitures, according to people familiar with the matter.

06 Nov 2017

DBS in surprise third-quarter profit slide to five-year low as oil and gas provisions soar

SINGAPORE Singapore's DBS Group Holdings booked an unexpected slide in quarterly profit, which fell 23 percent to hit a five-year low as the bank nearly doubled provisions for loans to the troubled oil and gas industry.

30 Oct 2017

Flood of Chinese capital seen shaking up air finance

HONG KONG/PARIS A flood of low-cost Chinese funding is shaking up the global aircraft leasing market, with Chinese capital now accounting for 28 percent of the $261 billion deployed by leasing firms worldwide, a study suggested on Monday.

30 Oct 2017

Flood of Chinese capital seen shaking up aviation finance

HONG KONG/PARIS A flood of low-cost Chinese funding is shaking up the global aircraft leasing market, with Chinese capital now accounting for 28 percent of the $261 billion deployed by leasing firms worldwide, a study suggested on Monday.

25 Oct 2017

U.S. fund, CIC snap up Equis Energy for $3.7 billion in bet on renewables

SINGAPORE U.S. fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed to buy Equis Energy, Asia's largest independent renewable energy firm, for $3.7 billion with partners including sovereign fund China Investment Corp, underscoring growing global interest in renewables investment.

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