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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LONDON With the dust beginning to settle after a tumultuous start to the year for the U.S. bond market, speculators are scaling back their bets on higher yields. By quite a margin.
LONDON The wild gyrations rocking global markets this month have sparked the biggest ever reversal of speculators' bets on low volatility.
LONDON Market seismographs are still twitching at levels almost twice the historical average and Wall Street's gauge of implied volatility needs to return below 20 percent for stocks to stabilise.
LONDON The explosion in volatility that sent stock markets into a tailspin this week is a wake-up call for investors who had grown far too complacent that the "Goldilocks" good times would never end.
(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)
LONDON Speculators are making their biggest bet ever on higher short-term U.S. bond yields, as they scramble to anticipate the Fed's responding to bubbling growth and inflationary pressures by jacking up the cost of borrowing.
LONDON A decade on from the financial crisis, global monetary policy is finally tightening, with the Federal Reserve raising U.S. interest rates and other central banks gradually turning off the stimulus taps.
LONDON Protectionism and the growing threat of global trade wars are near the top of investors' concerns for the year ahead, but from a financial market perspective, these fears may be overdone.
LONDON Speculators have never been so bullish on the euro.
LONDON U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week has given the clearest indication to date that Washington's long-standing "strong dollar" policy is over.