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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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Lending Club Is First of Many Disruptive Bank-Techs to Go Public

By John Mason

Silicon Valley is re-inventing an industry, this time banking, one component at a time and is creating more value through new IPOs.

04:34PM 08/29/14

Federal Deficit Is Down Now but Debt Is About to Explode

By John Mason

The real news is that the federal debt outstanding will grow by large amounts. As we've seen over the past 50 years, this will create investment opportunities too.

12:44PM 08/28/14

Weaker Euro May Be Good News for Draghi, European Central Bank

By John Mason

Europe hasn't had much good news lately. But now that the euro has dropped below $1.32, Matteo Renzi is getting Italy going and France's Hollande is forming a new government.

11:30AM 08/26/14

'Don't Fight the Fed' Is Investors' Takeaway From Jackson Hole Conference

By John Mason

Stock market prices have reached new highs after the Federal Reserve's Jackson Hole conference. The takeaway from the conference is that nothing has changed.

12:41PM 08/25/14

Wells Fargo Doubling Asset Management Business to $1T in 10 Years

By John Mason

Wells Fargo seems to be trying to stake out its position in the changing banking world of the future to include ETFs and better serve investors.

04:19PM 08/20/14

Will European Central Bank Ease Policy in Wake of Weak GDP Figures?

By John Mason

Will Mario Draghi be able to maintain his discipline over ECB monetary policy? If not, it is highly likely that the value of the euro will fall in the future.

10:27AM 08/19/14

What Will Happen to the Euro When the Eurozone GDP Numbers Come Out?

By John Mason

What happens to the euro will depend, in part, on whether or not the market for euros is oversold.

08:02PM 08/13/14

Why Fed's Fischer Is Right About Slowing Growth Being a Long-Term Issue

By John Mason

According to Fischer, this slowdown in the longer-term growth of the labor supply, capital investment and productivity represents 'the real norm for the U. S. economy.'

01:50PM 08/12/14

The Euro's Future Is Up to Italy -- but Can Italy Meet the Challenge?

By John Mason

Italy's young prime minister is now trying to bring reform and economic competitiveness to the country and set an example for a stronger Europe.

12:30PM 08/11/14

ECB President Draghi Is Staying Discliplined

By John Mason

On Thursday, the ECB decided to keep key interest rates the same and gave no indication that it will provide stimulus as the Federal Reserve has done.

11:37AM 08/08/14

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