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

Is the European Union Facing Disintegration?

Is the European Union Facing Disintegration?

Between the immigration crisis in Europe and the vote about Britain leaving the Economic Union, Europe faces a serious threat to economic and political integration that has global implications.

Why Do We Have Huge Wealth Inequality Right Now? U.S. Government Policies

Why Do We Have Huge Wealth Inequality Right Now? U.S. Government Policies

Although government economic policies have good intentions behind them (low unemployment rates and more home ownership), these policy have created unintended consequence resulting in great wealth inequality.

What If Oil Prices Stay Low for the Next Five Years?

What If Oil Prices Stay Low for the Next Five Years?

The International Energy Agency just released a new report that oil prices may remain low for the next five years. What will this do to the world?

Why Larry Summers Is Completely Wrong on How to Fix the U.S. Economy

Why Larry Summers Is Completely Wrong on How to Fix the U.S. Economy

The economic program Larry Summers is proposing for the United States would just extend the problems created over the past 55 years.

Why is the U.S. Economy Growing so Slowly?

Why is the U.S. Economy Growing so Slowly?

Economists are trying to determine why growth in the United States is so slow. Economist Larry Summers suggests that the problem is on the demand side. Others disagree.

National Soverignty and Financial Globalization Cannot Co-Exist

National Soverignty and Financial Globalization Cannot Co-Exist

Freely flowing capital throughout the world has made the Fed into the de-facto central bank of the world. Consequently, it must face up to the dilemma it has created

Negative Interest Rates Are Even a Federal Reserve Concern Now

Negative Interest Rates Are Even a Federal Reserve Concern Now

More central banks are making negative interest rates a part of their toolboxes. The Fed has asked large banks to include a negative interest rate scenario in their stress tests

Tanking Financial Markets Are Reacting to a Lack of Leadership From Fed, Politicians

Tanking Financial Markets Are Reacting to a Lack of Leadership From Fed, Politicians

Financial markets seem to be reacting negatively to yesterday's testimony of the Federal Reserve in front of Congress, but the concern over world financial leadership seems deeper.

No Capital Controls for China, Please

No Capital Controls for China, Please

The call for capital controls in China is just a short-term fix and won't suffice for the long term.

The Federal Reserve Is at the Center of the World Financial Mess

The Federal Reserve Is at the Center of the World Financial Mess

Financial dislocation throughout the world is becoming more of a problem. Central in all of this is the Federal Reserve, which needs to take a more global outlook