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

An Analysis of the Unintended Consequences of Keynesian Economics

An Analysis of the Unintended Consequences of Keynesian Economics

The policies based on the theories of John Maynard Keynes have hindered the economy.

Investors Face Slow Economic Growth Caused by Structural Factors

Investors Face Slow Economic Growth Caused by Structural Factors

More governmental stimulus will not solve eight years of sluggish growth; there need to be long-term fixes that boost labor productivity.

The U.S. Dollar Is Likely to Remain Strong, but That Won't Boost Productivity

The U.S. Dollar Is Likely to Remain Strong, but That Won't Boost Productivity

The dollar has strengthened over the past few months, largely because of Brexit.

The Rate of Growth Has Been Slower for Years and That's Likely to Continue

The Rate of Growth Has Been Slower for Years and That's Likely to Continue

Growth depends more on underlying fundamentals than economic stimulus packages.

The World Will Have to Get Used to a Different Rate of Economic Growth

The World Will Have to Get Used to a Different Rate of Economic Growth

Economic growth has become less robust, partly because governmental stimulus policies are not as effective as some observers would believe.

With the Right Thinking, Current Economic Environment Offers New Opportunities

With the Right Thinking, Current Economic Environment Offers New Opportunities

It's important for government not to try to return to a world that doesn't exist or to policies that can no work.

Earnings Season: Do Earnings or the Federal Reserve Matter More for the Stock Market?

Earnings Season: Do Earnings or the Federal Reserve Matter More for the Stock Market?

The stock market has been dominated by Federal Reserve actions since the beginning of this economic recovery. Here's what you need to know this earnings season.

'Hard Brexit' Will Create Opportunities for Great Britain to Change

'Hard Brexit' Will Create Opportunities for Great Britain to Change

Great Britain can change, but reinvention will only be possible if the country looks forward instead of trying to reinvent the past.

Britain Must Consider Brexit as an Opportunity, Not a Retreat

Britain Must Consider Brexit as an Opportunity, Not a Retreat

Many Brexit observers say that the vote signaled a withdrawal from the world economy, but it could create new opportunities for trade and help British businesses grow.

Low World Economic Growth Is the Reality Even as Analysts Continue to Look for 'Green Shoots'

Low World Economic Growth Is the Reality Even as Analysts Continue to Look for 'Green Shoots'

The world economy is not growing rapidly and the US economy is not growing very rapidly. Politicians and policymakers have brought about this condition and working together is needed