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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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18 Jan 2018

South Korea considers shutting down domestic cryptocurrency exchanges

SEOUL South Korean policymakers joined the global chorus of virtual-coin critics on Thursday, saying Seoul is considering shutting down domestic virtual currency exchanges as the new breed of market exposes users to speculative frenzy and crime. | Video

18 Jan 2018

South Korea keeps rates unchanged, flags policy caution

SEOUL South Korea's central bank kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday, as expected, and upgraded its 2018 growth forecast but flagged concerns about economic uncertainties and soft inflation, which remain hurdles to policy tightening this year.

16 Jan 2018

Bank of Korea seen staying on hold amid soaring won, weak inflation

SEOUL South Korea's central bank is widely expected to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Thursday after raising it in November for the first time in more than six years, a Reuters poll found on Tuesday.

12 Jan 2018

Uproar over crackdown on cryptocurrencies divides South Korea

SEOUL With a tech-savvy population quick to adopt the latest gadgets and a young generation facing dim prospects in the conventional workplace, South Korea has been a fertile ground for virtual currencies. | Video

11 Jan 2018

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

SEOUL South Korea's government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion. | Video

03 Jan 2018

Exclusive: South Korea to look at boosting outflows if won rally continues - sources

SEOUL South Korea will look at ways to direct capital flows offshore if the won continues to soar, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could take heat out of the currency without upsetting Washington over the thorny topic of foreign exchange management.

02 Jan 2018

South Korea December exports climb for 14th month, wrap up record 2017

SEOUL Soaring global demand for memory chips and petrochemicals helped South Korea's exports surge 8.9 percent in December, lifting its 2017 shipments to the highest on record in value terms.

29 Dec 2017

South Korea December inflation speeds up as global oil prices rise

SEOUL South Korea's annual inflation accelerated in December to its fastest in three months as rising global oil prices lifted the cost of petrochemical and other industrial products, but with few implications seen for monetary policy.

26 Dec 2017

Solid growth seen for South Korea December exports, aided by memory chips: Reuters poll

SEOUL South Korea exports likely rose for a 14th straight month in December, wrapping up the year with an upbeat tone as global demand for memory chips and petroleum goods from Asia's third biggest exporter continued.

15 Dec 2017

South Korea vice fin min sees Chinese tourists return as ties improve

SEOUL South Korean vice finance minister Ko Hyoung-kwon said on Friday he expects improving diplomatic ties with Beijing to support the country's economic growth next year as Chinese tourists return to its shores.

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