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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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Apple-Alibaba Tieup Could Transform Electronic Payments

By John Mason

Tying Apple Pay with Alibaba would create a massive new electronic payments system that could transform the fledgling industry.

10:12AM 10/28/14

Electronic Banking Battle Heats Up as CVS, Rite Aid Disable Apple Pay

By John Mason

Banking is becoming more electronic, more and bigger players are coming into the industry and investment opportunities are plentiful. Big changes are on the horizon.

06:10AM 10/28/14

Why Apple Pay May Have Finally Convinced eBay to Spin Off PayPal

By John Mason

Apple Pay is a huge threat to PayPal, so eBay needed to spin off the company to deal with the new competitor and 'get it right.'

10:42AM 09/30/14

Treasury Secretary Lew Moves to Restrict Corporate Tax Inversion

By John Mason

Sixty days after Secretary Lew sought tax reform legislation to curtail corporate merger inversions, he enlisted Obama's help to develop a policy proposal on the matter.

06:00AM 09/24/14

Why Stock Investors Can Now Relax for a 'Considerable Time'

By John Mason

The fact that the central bank will keep interest rates low for a 'considerable time' means that investors will be in a favorable market environment well into 2015.

06:00AM 09/18/14

What's Keeping the Fed From Raising Short-Term Interest Rates

By John Mason

Quantitative easing may be ending, but the world economy isn't strong enough to allow the Fed to start tightening credit.

06:00AM 09/17/14

Obama Should Make Corporate Tax Inversion a Campaign Issue

By John Mason

A more deliberative treatment of tax reform may be put off further into the future unless it becomes a campaign issue now.

01:14PM 09/15/14

Mario Draghi to Decide If Eurozone Economy Is Ready for Euro Cut

By John Mason

ECB president Mario Draghi wants the euro value to go lower, but how low should it go to help Italy, France and Germany, among others?

04:56PM 09/08/14

ECB President Mario Draghi Achieves Short-Term Goal for the Euro

By John Mason

The value of the euro has dropped below $1.30, something analysts thought wouldn't happen until the end of the year.

04:41PM 09/05/14

Mario Draghi Takes European Central Bank on Unexpected Easing Path

By John Mason

Investors hit the euro when the European Central Bank lowered interest rates today. Economists say a program to buy 500 billion euros asset-backed securities falls short.

06:14PM 09/04/14

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