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

With Brexit, U.K. Citizens Now Have Nobody Left to Blame for Problems but Themselves

With Brexit, U.K. Citizens Now Have Nobody Left to Blame for Problems but Themselves

The Brexit vote has shown us just how strong the populist attitude is in the world today. But, giving into the populist movement just increases disorder in the world.

Brexit and Opposition to the TPP and Free Trade Is Short-Sighted

Brexit and Opposition to the TPP and Free Trade Is Short-Sighted

The TPP and similar trade agreements that the Obama Administration has supported will enhance prosperity.

Brexit Vote Would Be a Step Back for UK in a Changing World

Brexit Vote Would Be a Step Back for UK in a Changing World

Great Britain may try to halt the type of economic change that the European Union facilitates and symbolizes, but it won't stop it.

Despite What Blodget Says, Economic Slowdown Can't Be Blamed on Corporate Profit Goals

Despite What Blodget Says, Economic Slowdown Can't Be Blamed on Corporate Profit Goals

Business Insider's Henry Blodget has blamed the economy's inequalities and low-wage growth on the adoption by companies in the 1960s of solely serving shareholders. Here is why he is wrong.

U.S. Policymakers Need to Address Slow Productivity Growth Now -- Does Germany Have the Answer?

U.S. Policymakers Need to Address Slow Productivity Growth Now -- Does Germany Have the Answer?

Europe's strongest economy has strong and growing labor productivity.

It's Time for the U.S. Government to Focus on Increasing Labor Productivity

It's Time for the U.S. Government to Focus on Increasing Labor Productivity

Education that begins in school and is ongoing can ensure that workers have the skills they need to find jobs in today's rapidly evolving economy.

Government Policies Slowed Labor Productivity but Now Can Increase It

Government Policies Slowed Labor Productivity but Now Can Increase It

U.S. leaders will have to take a long-term view in terms of how to increase labor productivity.

Slowdown in Labor Productivity Is the Biggest Problem the U.S. Economy Faces

Slowdown in Labor Productivity Is the Biggest Problem the U.S. Economy Faces

Growth of labor productivity in the U.S. has been slowing and is expected turn negative this year. This has had a tremendous dampening effect on economic growth.

Big Banks Must Change Business Models to Survive

Big Banks Must Change Business Models to Survive

Big banks performed badly in the first quarter and this seems to signal more of a need to change their business models than to wait for better times.

Will 'Brexit' Lead to a Breakup of the European Union?

Will 'Brexit' Lead to a Breakup of the European Union?

The exit of the UK from the Economic Union seems to be a real possibility, but this could cause others to consider leaving. Can this really happen?