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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

27 Oct 2017

Brazil sees pension bill as 'starting point' in renewed talks

BRASILIA Brazil's government is sticking with its current pension reform proposal but reckons that a final decision on what could be approved and when will be up to Congress, the country's pensions secretary told Reuters on Friday.

26 Oct 2017

Brazil signals record low rates with slower cuts ahead

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank slowed the pace of monetary easing on Wednesday but signaled it remained likely to cut interest rates to a record low next month, as policymakers seek to boost an incipient economic recovery with inflation under control.

25 Oct 2017

Brazil central bank set to taper rate cuts near record low

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank is set to slow the pace of interest rate cuts on Wednesday, taking its benchmark rate just above an all-time low as the economy finally starts to emerge from recession.

21 Sep 2017

Brazil's central bank trims inflation forecast, sees faster growth

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank trimmed its inflation forecast on Thursday and said it expected economic growth to pick up into next year, painting a rosier picture for Latin America's largest economy as interest rates approach record lows.

07 Sep 2017

Brazil cuts rates to 8.25 percent, signals gradual end to easing

BRASILIA Brazil's central bank slashed interest rates to a four-year low on Wednesday to spur an incipient economic recovery, but said the pace of monetary easing would probably be reduced next month as policymakers prepared to gradually stop cutting rates.

06 Sep 2017

Brazil set to slash rates by another 100 bps to four-year low

BRASILIA, Sept 6 Brazil's central bank is set to cut benchmark interest rates on Wednesday to their lowest since 2013, keeping a fast pace of monetary easing as inflation remains contained during a slow economic recovery.

06 Sep 2017

Brazil's Rio state secures $20 billion through federal rescue plan

BRASILIA Brazil's government announced a financial rescue plan for cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday that should allow it to pay about 63 billion reais ($20.16 billion) in salaries and debts through 2020.

30 Aug 2017

WTO orders Brazil to remove subsidies, government to appeal

BRASILIA The World Trade Organization on Wednesday gave Brazil 90 days to withdraw several industrial stimulus programs, supporting complaints of unfair competition by Japan and the European Union, a decision the government will appeal.

25 Aug 2017

Brazil's farm lobby to demand broader tax renegotiation program

BRASILIA Brazil's powerful agricultural lobby will insist on greater farmer benefits in a tax renegotiation program, the head of the congressional farm caucus told Reuters on Thursday, defying opposition from the Finance Ministry amid a budget crisis.

24 Aug 2017

Brazil lower house approves main text of BNDES benchmark bill

BRASILIA Brazil's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved the main text of a bill creating a market-based benchmark interest rate for state lender BNDES, in a victory for President Michel Temer.


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