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.
The chair of President Obama's Global Development Council argues in a Financial Times article that portfolio managers should keep a larger cash position.
Government has gone by the false belief that a low interest rate is best for the long-term health of the U.S. economy.
The International Monetary Fund has indicated that the Chinese effort to get its currency recognized as a reserve currency is moving along. The U.S. needs to react.
The European Central Bank looks like it will extend its quantitative easing because the Fed didn't raise interest rates in September, but how will the Fed respond to ECB action?
The Federal Reserve System is not the world's central bank, yet its actions in the past couple of decades have had a huge global impact. Brazil's economy offers one example.
World power contests are changing, but the U.S. still dominates the global financial system. Nevertheless, U.S. economic policy and Fed monetary policy need to change to address the new reality.
A weak dollar is a crutch that artificially boosts demand for goods and services but does not have a long-term, economic benefit.
The Federal Reserve is waiting for faster inflation before it raises short-term interest rates, but this inaction may have an unwanted impact on currencies.
Current capital flows out of the emerging nations point to how disjointed the world is today and the central role that the U.S. plays in all world economic decisions.
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