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.
Technology and innovation have led to layoffs of workers who were once needed to operate manufacturing facilities.
Investors should proceed cautiously, particularly given the fact that stocks have been trading at historic highs. President Donald Trump's unpredictability doesn't add value to over-valued prices.
The changing political picture is putting more pressure on the EU, and if it doesn't take action, it might have to disband.
To achieve solid, long-term growth, national governments need to adopt significant, structural reforms.
John Gorman, the investment bank's chief executive, has changed the business focus, setting a ROE goal of 10%, which is in sight.
The financial services giant posted strong results and got its return on shareholder's equity above Wells Fargo to be the prime earner among big banks, but is this performance sustainable?
Chief Executive Brian Moynihan has only produced a 6.7% return on shareholder's equity since taking over in 2010 and thus is returning capital through stock buybacks
Political, social and economic uncertainty worldwide and a strong dollar will present obstacles for many major companies.
If the dollar continues to strengthen, it could have a major impact on exports and manufacturing.
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