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

Without the Growth, Do Stock Prices Just Signify an Asset Bubble?

Without the Growth, Do Stock Prices Just Signify an Asset Bubble?

Stock prices are up, but the economy isn't growing very rapidly, and quarterly corporate earnings are down, year over year. Are the historically high stock prices justified?

Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says Sovereignty Is at the Root of Challenges to the European Union

Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Says Sovereignty Is at the Root of Challenges to the European Union

Joseph Stiglitz says that the Europe Union is an organization of sovereign nations that is asking those countries to relinquish their economic sovereignty to build a strong currency.

Be a 'Web Person' Who Embraces the Looming Technological Changes

Be a 'Web Person' Who Embraces the Looming Technological Changes

Technological change is coming and can only be, at best, postponed. So it is better to accept the change to help lessen the pain and anxiety that goes with it.

Free Global Trade Should Be Embraced, Not Feared

Free Global Trade Should Be Embraced, Not Feared

Those who hold that global trade agreements are not in the interest of the U.S. are wrong.

China Will Need to Show a Steady Hand in Its Currency Moves

China Will Need to Show a Steady Hand in Its Currency Moves

Chinese renminbi continued to depreciate this week against the U.S. dollar.

Economic Growth Won't Improve With Current Government Policies

Economic Growth Won't Improve With Current Government Policies

The federal government has followed a policy of credit inflation for fifty-five years or so and created incentives for businesses and investors to put their money into financial engineering

Here's Why the European Union Is Fraying and Could Fall Apart

Here's Why the European Union Is Fraying and Could Fall Apart

Here are some of the important issues that underlie what's going on with the European Union and why Britain voted to leave it.

In Wake of Brexit Vote, Here's What British, EU Leaders Need to Do Next

In Wake of Brexit Vote, Here's What British, EU Leaders Need to Do Next

Populist exploiters tend to exploit voter discontent by promising short-run solutions that are narrow and, ultimately, self-defeating when focus really needs to be on building and growing.

How Will Brexit Affect Young, Globally Minded FinTech Companies?

How Will Brexit Affect Young, Globally Minded FinTech Companies?

The city has been a leader in financial technology, drawing both money and talent from the rest of the world. The Brexit could result in a reversal of this flow.\

After Brexit, the World Needs Leadership More than Ever -- but Where Will It Come From?

After Brexit, the World Needs Leadership More than Ever -- but Where Will It Come From?

The Brexit vote has highlighted the fact that the world is facing a real crisis of leadership and there is no indication of where this leadership might come from.