Jim Mahar teaches finance at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. His blog, FinanceProfessorblog.Blogspot.com (http://FinanceProfessorblog.Blogspot.com), tries to bring an academic perspective to current financial issues while also taking current issues in the financial world and showing how they can fit into a finance curriculum. Jim’s specialty is corporate finance, but he has published academic articles on derivatives, governance (auditing), investments, and derivatives. He has finance degrees from St. Bonaventure (undergrad), the University of Rochester’s Simon School (MBA), and Pennsylvania State’s Smeal College (PhD). Jim also is a tri-athlete, a vegetarian, and the founder and leader of BonaResponds (http://BonaResponds.org), a volunteer organization that responds to disasters.
Mike Konczal, a former financial engineer, is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, working on financial reform, the 21st century economy, structural unemployment, inequality, risk sharing, consumer access to financial services and more generally what it means to have a social contract in a financialized, post-industrial economy. His work has appeared at The Atlantic Monthly’s Business Channel, NPR’s Planet Money, Baseline Scenario, Seeking Alpha, Huffington Post and The Nation. Originally from Chicago, he enjoys finance, economics, sociology, theory, tacos and center-left politics on the side.