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

Fed Chair Yellen Ignores the Point With Economic Club Speech

Fed Chair Yellen Ignores the Point With Economic Club Speech

Her speech this week concentrated just on the economic problems of the U.S. and minimized the role the Fed plays within the global economy.

China's Yuan Joining the IMF Is a Much Bigger Deal Than You Think -- Everything's Going to Change

China's Yuan Joining the IMF Is a Much Bigger Deal Than You Think -- Everything's Going to Change

The IMF has now let the Chinese play with the 'big boys' in world economic affairs, so the world games can really get started

The Federal Reserve's Economic Modeling Is Out of Touch With Reality

The Federal Reserve's Economic Modeling Is Out of Touch With Reality

Federal Reserve economic models are lacking when it comes to forecasting economic trends.

Pfizer-Allergan Deal Is About Tax Inversion, Financial Engineering

Pfizer-Allergan Deal Is About Tax Inversion, Financial Engineering

By moving its new headquarters to Allergan's Ireland base, the new combined drug giant will likely save billions of dollars in taxes.

A New Game Plan for New U.S. Leadership in 2016: Things Need to Change

A New Game Plan for New U.S. Leadership in 2016: Things Need to Change

The economic policies of the past sixty years have brought the United States to where it is now. More of the same will make things worse.

Here's What the U.S. Needs to Do in the Era of the Strong Dollar

Here's What the U.S. Needs to Do in the Era of the Strong Dollar

The dollar has risen in value over the past 18 months, and analysts expect it to rise even more. This will change everything, and U.S. leaders will have to adapt.

China's Renminbi Gets Closer to Being Reserve Currency and Changing Global Economic Picture

China's Renminbi Gets Closer to Being Reserve Currency and Changing Global Economic Picture

The International Monetary Fund is getting closer to making the Chinese renminbi a reserve currency. This change will transform the global economy.

Fed Vice Chairman: Time to Raise Rates Is Soon, Despite Strong Dollar

Fed Vice Chairman: Time to Raise Rates Is Soon, Despite Strong Dollar

The Federal Reserve has shown itself to be myopic when it comes to economic policy-making and the recent speech by Fed Vice Chair confirms this inward looking behavior

TPP and TTIP Trade Deals Can Do Good, If Governments Let Them

TPP and TTIP Trade Deals Can Do Good, If Governments Let Them

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have been controversial, but can change the world for the better.

How Serious Is China About Becoming a Capitalist Country?

How Serious Is China About Becoming a Capitalist Country?

China is doing all it can to see that the renminbi becomes a reserve currency and make its economy more competitive in the world