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 efforts of the Federal Reserve to keep the banking system afloat with liquidity and the Congress' Dodd-Frank law has created unintended consequences that they are failing to deal with.
Foreign exchange traders seem to want a stronger dollar. When it looks as if the Fed will raise rates the dollar rises. When it doesn't, the dollar falls.
Microsoft has delivered a new round of stock buybacks and dividend increases, and this continues to show that the Federal Reserve's effort to raise stock prices isn't dead.
Globalization is going to continue to happen, but leaders need to change their approach; so say noted economists Robert Shiller and Dani Rodrik.
Since the early 1960s, governmental policies aimed at creating inflation, whether in consumer goods or asset prices, have created incentives for sophisticated investors to take advantage and increase income inequality.
Fed Governor Lael Brainard said in a speech Monday that the Fed has based it monetary policy on the Phillips curve, a model that doesn't apply to today's conditions.
President Barack Obama has tilted the U.S. toward Asia, which is warranted, given the advance of China and others, but the U.S. must not turn inward and become isolated.
Workers benefit from globalization, advances in technology and the spread of information.
The current slow growth in productivity is stemming from the supply-side of the economy, but lawmakers are not addressing this issue.
The European Central Bank is conducting a policy of quantitative easing, while the Federal Reserve seems to be going in the opposite direction, which should strengthen the dollar.
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