Finance Matters

Finance Matters

Finance Matters: The MIT Sloan Finance Group Blog

Finance Matters is the MIT Sloan Finance Group’s platform for sharing the latest on Finance faculty research, perspectives on financial industry news, MIT Sloan finance-related events, and will feature guest posts from our faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates.

Optimal Contracting and the Securitization of Human Capital

Posted by Jonathan Parker on November 1, 2013

An interesting new company, Fantex, is securitizing human capital.  They are offering assets whose payouts are determined by a given athlete’s future earnings, in this case both Arian Foster and Vernon Davis, players in the National Football League.  Here is a New York Times article from today, and here is a more complete description from former Goldman Sachs employee and current Grantland writer Katie Baker.  (Before heading out to buy, note that the convertible bonds that the story describes are pretty complex and not…
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Professor Robert C. Merton featured speaker at Global Leader Series Economic Forum

Posted by MIT Sloan Finance Group on October 31, 2013

Organized by the CUHK Business School, The Global Leader Series Economic Forum held on 16 October “proved a great success, filling the Grand Ballroom of Kowloon Shangri-La with over 600 participants and drawing an impressive array of eminent speakers and attendees. Titled ‘The Rise of the Asian Century’, the forum featured four world-renowned economists: Prof. Liu Mingkang, former Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission; Prof. Robert C. Merton, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences and School of Management Distinguished…
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The Financial Market Consequences of the Government Shutdown

Posted by Jonathan Parker on October 28, 2013

In my previous blog post, I argued that the costs of the government shutdown on the real economy were, in the context of the media attention and the long-term fiscal issues, ‘small.’  And yet, the government shutdown seems to have hit consumer confidence hard, lowering it to levels seen early in the Great Recession in 2008. In this post, I look at financial markets for answers.  I focus in particular on perceptions of the possibility of delayed debt payments, technical…
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