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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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Greece Crisis Is Really About the Future of the European Union

By John Mason

Greece has a choice to make -- and it could affect the future of the European Union.

01:27PM 02/20/15

How Greece's Game-Theorist Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Has It All Wrong

By John Mason

Much has been made of the Greek finance minister's training in game theory, but what if he has the game between his country and the eurozone all wrong?

10:57AM 02/18/15

How the Federal Reserve Is Preparing to Raise Interest Rates This Summer

By John Mason

A rate raise may be imminent based on the preparations the Federal Reserve is making.

09:21AM 02/18/15

If Greece Doesn't Budge, the Euro Could Be in for Rough Ride

By John Mason

Hardball negotiations between Greece and Germany could mean bad news for the euro.

09:43AM 02/17/15

A Strong Dollar Could Actually Be Good For the U.S. Economy

By John Mason

The U.S. dollar will be strong for some time to come. The government should create programs to support a strong dollar economy.

09:23AM 02/13/15

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

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