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

U.S. Federal Reserve Is Failing as World's Central Bank

U.S. Federal Reserve Is Failing as World's Central Bank

The chair of President Obama's Global Development Council argues in a Financial Times article that portfolio managers should keep a larger cash position.

Fed Assumptions Have Helped the Wealthy but Not Employment, Productivity

Fed Assumptions Have Helped the Wealthy but Not Employment, Productivity

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 U.S. Must Pay Attention to China's Push to Make the Yuan a Reserve Currency

The U.S. Must Pay Attention to China's Push to Make the Yuan a Reserve Currency

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.

Draghi and the ECB Look Ready to Move, What Will the Fed Do?

Draghi and the ECB Look Ready to Move, What Will the Fed Do?

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?

Why the Federal Reserve Has Almost Become the World's Central Bank

Why the Federal Reserve Has Almost Become the World's Central Bank

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.

The 'New Game' of Geopolitics and Economics Requires the U.S. and the Federal Reserve to Change

The 'New Game' of Geopolitics and Economics Requires the U.S. and the Federal Reserve to Change

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.

Strong U.S. Dollar Means a Stronger Workforce

Strong U.S. Dollar Means a Stronger Workforce

A weak dollar is a crutch that artificially boosts demand for goods and services but does not have a long-term, economic benefit.

Federal Reserve Inaction Could Start Currency War

Federal Reserve Inaction Could Start Currency War

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.

Capital Flight From Emerging Markets Shows Why U.S. Fiscal, Monetary Policy Must Change

Capital Flight From Emerging Markets Shows Why U.S. Fiscal, Monetary Policy Must Change

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.

Fed Misses the Point in Not Raising Its Interest Rate in September: It's the Dollar!

Fed Misses the Point in Not Raising Its Interest Rate in September: It's the Dollar!

The dollar has weakened following the Federal Reserve's failure to raise interest rates.