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John Mason


Entrepreneur, businessman, investor, and educator, John Mason is a former president and CEO of two publicly-traded financial institutions and the chief finance officer of a third. Mason is a former economist in the Federal Reserve System and a special assistant to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, George Romney in the Nixon administration. He previously taught in the finance department at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and ran, at the time, the largest graduate program at Penn State. In recent years, Mason has worked with start-up companies through private equity and the angel investment community. He continues to write about the economy, finance and stocks in books and blog posts.

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Not What You Think: An Opportunity to Invest in the Banking Community?

By John Mason

There are a lot of bank acquisitions taking place. Is there room for a smart investor to make some pretty nice money?

06:00AM 07/29/14

Government Tax Rates Create Moneymaking Opportunity

By John Mason

Inversion events have created a way for hedge funds and others to make a lot of money on firms leaving America for foreign headquarters.

07:00AM 07/28/14

Why Obama Has Attacked Cross-Border Mergers at This Particular Time

By John Mason

Obama is speaking out against corporate deserters, accusing companies of giving up their citizenship. His focus appears to be more on the election in the fall than on the economy.

05:39PM 07/25/14

Yellen May Just Have Pushed the Dollar Into a Bull Market vs. the Euro

By John Mason

Market sentiment seems to have changed about the future of Fed actions. Is this a case for a bull market in the U.S. dollar?

12:38PM 07/24/14

Why Corporate Inversion Is More Than a Political Punching Bag

By John Mason

There is definitely a corporate tax problem, but politicians are more concerned about creating an election issue than about creating a good solution.

12:49PM 07/23/14

Dodd-Frank, 4 Years In, Is Vague, Complex, and Still Fighting the Last War

By John Mason

Bank regulation changes things. But beware of unintended consequences.

02:03PM 07/21/14

Gorman's Morgan Stanley Is Catching Up to Wells Fargo -- You May Want In

By John Mason

The business model of large banks needs to change because the economic environment and political environment has changed. Morgan Stanley has already adapted.

01:49PM 07/18/14

White House Push to Stop U.S. Companies Moving Overseas Unlikely to Bear Fruit

By John Mason

The administration's push to stop so-called corporate 'inversions' appears aimed at motivating the Democratic base ahead of midterm elections.

12:50PM 07/17/14

Yellen's Dilemma Is Getting People Used to Perpetual Uncertainty

By John Mason

The Fed has never faced a situation like this before, yet everyone wants specific answers to questions about future Fed actions.

06:00AM 07/17/14

Wells Fargo Earnings Show Why You Should Consider This Bank’s Stock

By John Mason

Wells Fargo's second-quarter earnings show the bank is holding its own, even in a tough environment for banks.

11:50AM 07/11/14

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