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

Economic Conflict Must Be Avoided as Globalization Continues

Economic Conflict Must Be Avoided as Globalization Continues

Continued globalization connected with a strong dollar can lead to some real economic disruptions as emerging countries take over others' businesses and industries. This cannot be allowed to dominate

The U.S. Dollar Is Strong and Is Going to Stay Strong: Learn to Live With It

The U.S. Dollar Is Strong and Is Going to Stay Strong: Learn to Live With It

U.S. officials, like those at the Fed, can do little in the current situation to lower the value of the dollar. The strong dollar is here to stay.

Get Used to Financial Market Volatility -- Here's Why It's Here to Stay

Get Used to Financial Market Volatility -- Here's Why It's Here to Stay

Financial market volatility will not come to an end without some major crisis because there are too many objections, primarily political, to possible solutions to the situation.

The World Economy Is Addicted to Credit Bubbles, a Hard Habit to Kick

The World Economy Is Addicted to Credit Bubbles, a Hard Habit to Kick

The credit bubble created by central banks in the recovery from the Great Recession is bursting -- and it's making a mess.

Is Instability the New Norm in International Financial Markets? It Doesn't Have to Be

Is Instability the New Norm in International Financial Markets? It Doesn't Have to Be

The world may not like it, but governments are going to have to grow up and move into the twenty-first century and financial markets are signaling the need to change

Fed Made Its Historical Move, Now It Needs to Dump Even More Historical Baggage

Fed Made Its Historical Move, Now It Needs to Dump Even More Historical Baggage

The Fed made the policy move it has been threatening to make. It needs to address how it is operating to take into account its role in the world.

The Federal Reserve Must Raise Rates This Week to Save Face

The Federal Reserve Must Raise Rates This Week to Save Face

The Federal Reserve is out-of-sync with the world in terms of its policy-making. It is not the central bank of the world, yet its moves impacts others

Saudi Arabia and Iran Want to Keep Oil Prices Low to Hurt the U.S. -- But Will It Kill OPEC?

Saudi Arabia and Iran Want to Keep Oil Prices Low to Hurt the U.S. -- But Will It Kill OPEC?

The recent OPEC meeting broke up with discord as Saudi Arabia continued to control the cartel and keep production open in order to keep low cost producers out.

Capital Controls Are Not the Answer for Turmoil in World Economies

Capital Controls Are Not the Answer for Turmoil in World Economies

Some research showing that Federal Reserve actions have too great an impact on the international flow of capital to emerging nations is getting more and more attention

The Fed Must Think Globally After Weak European Bank Action

The Fed Must Think Globally After Weak European Bank Action

The European Central Bank did not act as forcefully as investors expected. In the aftermath, the Fed faces a different global situation than it did earlier in the week.