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.

Recent Articles By The Author

Manufacturing Jobs Will Continue to Decline, and There's No Quick Solution

Manufacturing Jobs Will Continue to Decline, and There's No Quick Solution

Technology and innovation have led to layoffs of workers who were once needed to operate manufacturing facilities.

Amid Rising Stock Market Uncertainty, Equities Must Price in Risk

Amid Rising Stock Market Uncertainty, Equities Must Price in Risk

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.

European Union Must Get Its Act Together, as Time Is Running Out

European Union Must Get Its Act Together, as Time Is Running Out

The changing political picture is putting more pressure on the EU, and if it doesn't take action, it might have to disband.

Quantitative Easing Is Not the Long-Term Answer for Europe's Economy

Quantitative Easing Is Not the Long-Term Answer for Europe's Economy

To achieve solid, long-term growth, national governments need to adopt significant, structural reforms.

Morgan Stanley Continues to Approach Its Return on Equity Target

Morgan Stanley Continues to Approach Its Return on Equity Target

John Gorman, the investment bank's chief executive, has changed the business focus, setting a ROE goal of 10%, which is in sight.

Wells Fargo Executives Are Still Clueless

Wells Fargo Executives Are Still Clueless

The company is lagging.

JPMorgan Chase Boasts a Stellar Quarter, But Beware of the Future

JPMorgan Chase Boasts a Stellar Quarter, But Beware of the Future

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?

BofA Management Admits It Can't Turn a Profit on Invested Capital

BofA Management Admits It Can't Turn a Profit on Invested Capital

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

Research Group Sees S&P Earnings Rise in 2017, but Economic Environment Remains Volatile

Research Group Sees S&P Earnings Rise in 2017, but Economic Environment Remains Volatile

Political, social and economic uncertainty worldwide and a strong dollar will present obstacles for many major companies.

Trump Administration Faces Difficult Task Navigating a Strong Dollar

Trump Administration Faces Difficult Task Navigating a Strong Dollar

If the dollar continues to strengthen, it could have a major impact on exports and manufacturing.