Finance 101: Cracking the Jargon of Wall Street

Wall Street is infamously indecipherable. Arbitrage, small firm effect, reversion to mean: these terms are thrown around all the time by finance-savvy journalists, bankers, and professors, but it’s easy to gloss over what exactly they mean. Yet, understanding these terms remains crucial to analyzing the current market and predicting future trends of the financial world…. Read more »

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  • Nintendo is Switching Things Up

    The Nintendo Switch, a new innovative home and mobile gaming experience is set to release in March of 2017. The release of this device has the potential to reinvigorate the company of Nintendo, which has been falling short in recent years to other technology powerhouses such as Microsoft and Sony. This is of course pending... Read more »

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  • The Future of China’s Foreign Investment Deals

    In the last few years, China’s corporations have been on a relatively quiet and extremely rapid buying spree, spending more than $106 billion in 2015 to acquire stakes in overseas companies. The actions of Chinese corporations have been relatively uninhibited, but recently, amid growing concerns about national cybersecurity, President Obama’s decision to deny a Chinese... Read more »

  • Conversation with Professor Kiyotaki : Japan’s Economic Crisis in Light of the Aging Workforce

    Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki teaches Intermediate Macroeconomics, Money and Banking, Macroeconomic Theory, and Advanced Macroeconomics at Princeton University. He also specializes in monetary theory, business cycle analysis, and government financial policies. Kiyotaki, who is a fellow of the Econometric Society and awarded the 1997 Nakahara Prize of the Japan Economics Association, has made significant contributions in… Read more »

  • The State of the Economy: Forecasts vs. Reality

    After a shaky 2013, the market entered the new year divided over the American economy. Every year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia surveys 42 professional forecasters on their predictions of key economic indicators for the upcoming year. This closely watched survey reflects leading academics’ sentiments on the economy. Some were cautiously optimistic, arguing that… Read more »

  • The Oil Bust: The Winners and Losers of the Price Crash

    For most American consumers, the recent plummet in gas prices spells good news.  A trip to the pump doesn’t cost nearly as much as it did last year, with the average price of gas in the US dropping below $2.50 per gallon—the lowest price since October 2009.  Yet across the globe, not all consumers have… Read more »

  • The Future of Abenomics: Recommitting to “Whatever it Takes”

    Introduction When Shinzo Abe became prime minister after the December 2012 snapback election that brought his party, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), back into power, he promised to “…implement bold monetary policy, flexible fiscal policy and a growth strategy that encourages private investment.”  These three policies eventually formed the “three arrows” of what became known… Read more »

  • Janet Yellen: the Hopeful Bringer of Revival 

    The Senate recently confirmed that Janet Yellen would succeed Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. In addition to being the first woman Chairman of the Fed in its century long lifespan, she will also be the first Democrat to be seen leading it since Paul Volcker in 1979. Her unusual qualities of being… Read more »

  • American Airlines’ Risky Future: Evaluating the Success of Airline Mergers

    The U.S airline industry has been on a tumultuous ride the past decade. Flying high into the 21st century with improved technology, an expanding international presence, and dramatic increases in revenue, the airlines were slammed by the tragedy of 9/11 and the subsequent recession, posting cumulative losses of $40bn dollars between 2001 and 2005, according… Read more »

  • An Unconventional Opportunity for Alternative Energy Investment in the MENA Region 

    The history books state that the Spanish conquistadores of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries traveled to the Americas motivated by the Three G’s: God, Gold, and Glory. Had these explorers traveled to the south and east of their homeland, however, they may have found a fourth G that could have raised their legacy to… Read more »

  • Bitcoins: Digital Currency of the Future or Speculative Fad?

    What Is Bitcoin? In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto, whose identity remains unknown, wrote a paper called “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” which proposed a new virtual currency. The idea was to have a currency that could be used by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. Furthermore, Satoshi Nakamoto designed the system in such… Read more »