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

Former Bank of England Governor Considers the Regularity of Crises in Financial Systems

Former Bank of England Governor Considers the Regularity of Crises in Financial Systems

Mervyn King has written an interesting and provocative book on what needs to be considered to keep the world from soon falling into another economic crisis.

We Desperately Need Economic Reform, But the Political Will Is Hard to Come by

We Desperately Need Economic Reform, But the Political Will Is Hard to Come by

As the world needs economic reforms more than ever, political will across the globe seems to be waning.

The Terrorists of Brussels Who Think They Can Change History Are Losers

The Terrorists of Brussels Who Think They Can Change History Are Losers

The whole thrust of history is on the side of the growth and spread of information. There are some people who believe that history can be stopped. They are wrong.

Where Did U.S. Economic Policy Go Wrong? The 1980s

Where Did U.S. Economic Policy Go Wrong? The 1980s

This concise book on U.S. economic history emphasizing the events of the past 50 years is a good read, but it doesn't explain the causes of current inflation.

4 Factors You Need to Understand to Anticipate the Fed's Behavior

4 Factors You Need to Understand to Anticipate the Fed's Behavior

Although the Federal Reserve should be thinking about a stronger US dollar, they are facing many obstacles to working toward a stronger dollar

Once Again, the Federal Reserve Fails to Provide Leadership the World Needs

Once Again, the Federal Reserve Fails to Provide Leadership the World Needs

The outcome of the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting is just another example of how the U.S. is failing to provide the economic leadership the world needs.

Tough Decisions Ahead for Economic Policy-Makers in Europe, U.S. and China

Tough Decisions Ahead for Economic Policy-Makers in Europe, U.S. and China

Change will take place because information spreads and innovation follows. We are hearing too much about protectionism and other restraints that will only postpone change and impoverish people

Financial Engineering Dominates Policy and Fails the Economy

Financial Engineering Dominates Policy and Fails the Economy

Financial engineering dominates economic policy, but over time, this produces unintended consequences that hamper growth and employment.

China's New Supply-Side Economic Plan Echoes Ronald Reagan

China's New Supply-Side Economic Plan Echoes Ronald Reagan

China is holding a meeting of the National People's Congress this weekend and will introduce its vision for the future, a future incorporating ideas that people associate with Ronald Reagan.

U.S. Leadership Needs to Support World Trade, Global Finance, and Migration, Not Fight Them

U.S. Leadership Needs to Support World Trade, Global Finance, and Migration, Not Fight Them

The world is advancing as information spreads, capital flows, and trade expands, all of which encourage migration and this will continue whether the U.S. leads.