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The Business Edge is a podcast brought to you by the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University. In each episode we will explore an emerging business trend featuring discussion by a credible subject matter expert. Experts include our world class faculty, successful alumni and business leaders. Each discussion is open and honest to ensure our listeners gain a business edge.Be sure to subscribe for new episodes.
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In this episode, Feliciano School of Business alumnus Jim Merli discusses the recent impact of the coronavirus on the US economy.  This interview was taped on April 3, 2020.Jim provides his opinion on the short and long term impact of the virus on the US economy and when and if the stock market will recover.  He also provides his perspective on the $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus plan and its impact on the U.S. economy, small businesses, large corporations, and American workers.  He also shares insights on why historically the Fed cuts interest rates and its' impact on Americans, companies, and banks.Jim graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance and Marketing. He launched his Wall Street career in 1983 at Shearson, prior to the Shearson / Lehman Brothers merger, and remained at Lehman Brothers Inc. for more than 25 years.  Mr. Merli subsequently joined Barclays Capital as Head of U.S Primary Market Syndication where he remained until 2010. In 2010 Mr. Merli joined Nomura Securities International as Global Head of Debt Syndication and Head of Global Finance for the Americas. Since retiring from Nomura in 2015, he has become an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, a member of Advisory Board for the Feliciano School of Business.  He most recently accepted the role of Executive-in-Residence at the Feliciano School of Business. 
In this episode, Feliciano School of Business Professor of Economics, Dr. Luis San Vicente Portes, discusses the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy.  Dr. Portes provides his opinion on several issues related to the virus and the economy. including:- Short and long term impact to the U.S. economy- Stimulus plan- Federal Reserve interest rate cuts- GDP impact- Impact to the NJ economyDr. Luis San Vicente Portes is a professor teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including Macroeconomics, International Economics and Economic Development. He is the author of various publications that have appeared in the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economic Development, Global Economy Journal, among others. Over the years, he has been involved as a Consultant at World Bank (2010) and Inter-American Development Bank (2002-03). He has also served on the Ministry of Finance Mexico (1999-2000) and Petroleos Mexicanos PEMEX (1998-1999). He comes to the SBUS also as former lecturer in the University of Graz, Georgetown University and Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.   Dr. San Vicente Portes received his B.A. in Economics and a Diploma in Business Development and Administration and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He continued his pursuit of Economics receiving both his M.A. and later his Ph.D from Georgetown University.  
In this episode, Feliciano School of Business alumnus Jim Merli discusses the recent impact of the coronavirus on the US economy.  This episode was taped on March 3, 2020, the day the Federal Reserve cut the interest rates by a half of a percentage point. Jim provides his opinion on the short and long term impact of the virus on the US economy and when and if the stock market will recover.  He also shares insights on why historically the Fed cuts interest rates and its' impact on Americans, companies, and banks.Jim graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance and Marketing.Mr. Merli launched his Wall Street career in 1983 at Shearson, prior to the Shearson / Lehman Brothers merger, and remained at Lehman Brothers Inc. for more than 25 years.  Mr. Merli subsequently joined Barclays Capital as Head of U.S Primary Market Syndication where he remained until 2010. In 2010 Mr. Merli joined Nomura Securities International as Global Head of Debt Syndication and Head of Global Finance for the Americas. Since retiring from Nomura in 2015, he has become an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, a member of Advisory Board for the Feliciano School of Business.  He most recently accepted the role of Executive-in-Residence at the Feliciano School of Business. 
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.In this episode we interview Prof. Julia Puaschunder on the environment of freedom. She is currently working with Yale, Columbia, and the New School.  As we consider the natural, technological and social environments, she will discuss her research as it relates to climate change, artificial intelligence, and the discrimination of excellence.
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.This episode considers the meaning and implications of negative interest rates, the pros and cons of wealth taxes, and their relationship to wealth inequality. Since negative rates imply paying someone to return the value of the loan in the future, it has similarities with paying a wealth tax to provide governmental services (such as the military and judicial system) that protect one's wealth. Wealth concentration has a dual edge: it permits greater investment in research, development and invention, while making it more difficult for most households to invest in themselves (through education and health care).
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.Previously, we learned of the importance the time discount rate has in determining how to invest and their long-term costs. Those costs affect the profitability of insurance companies. We now consider how linking business insurance premiums to the amount the future is discounted can incentivize more sustainable outcomes.
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.When it comes to financing critical projects, the economic mind will consider the costs and benefits involved. In this episode we discuss some of the surprising technicalities of CBA with Dr. Alex Heil, chief economist of the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey. The deep connections between discounting the future, and societal values and freedom are explored. 
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.What are the distinctions between: Income and Wealth, Incentives and Investments, and Transition and Maintenance costs? We discuss what they are, and why they are important.
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.All countries need some governmental services, whether it be the military and a judicial system, or building infrastructure and providing education and health care. By considering  the nature of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," as well as the U.S. Constitution, a proposal for a new American Tax System is described.
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.Most modern economies are driven by businesses seeking to make profit. While this helped increase our material standard of living, is it enough to get society where it wants to go? We consider  the differences between Capitalism, "Profitism", and Socialism.
In his new podcast series titled, The Future of Financing Freedom, Dr. David Axelrod, Instructional Specialist in the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University, considers the relationships between the concepts of finance, future and freedom in addition to presenting policy proposals based on these insights.If freedom is not free, how we finance it affects its future. What follows are a set of policies that address key issues. They are intended as a structure to build upon, as well as to clarify how the various pieces fit together. However; before getting into the specifics, we must understand the most essential concept in finance: present value. 
Creating Social Value

Creating Social Value

2020-02-1148:01

Dr. Ethne Swartz, a Professor in the Department of Management, explains the framework of creating social value. During this episode, Dr. Swartz will pull from her research findings, discussing social value seen while traveling in South Africa. She will also discuss the social value created by a local startup, founded through the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation's annual Pitch Competition.To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
In this episode we will discuss data analytics with Mike Capone, CEO of Qlik. Capone will share his first-hand experience leveraging the power of data through analytics to transform businesses and entire industries. To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
In this episode, podcast host, Erin Blake, is joined by Dr. Deniz Appelbaum, Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Feliciano School of Business. Dr. Appelbaum discusses blockchain technology by answering the question, "why aren't more businesses adopting blockchain technology?"To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
In this episode podcast host, Erin Blake, is joined by George Garcia, alumnus of the Feliciano School of Business. George discusses the New Jersey startup scene and his journey becoming an entrepreneur.To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
Journey to PSEG

Journey to PSEG

2019-05-1350:57

In this episode, Ralph LaRossa, President and COO of PSEG Power and Montclair State University Board of Trustees Member, will explain how he applied skills learned during his youth to achieve objectives in the power industry. LaRossa is introduced by childhood friend and former colleague James Merli, Global Head of FID Syndicate Head of Global Finance Americas (Retired), Nomura Securities International.To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
Communicating Yourself

Communicating Yourself

2019-04-0115:42

In this episode podcast host, Erin Blake, is joined by Gail Yosh, Clinical Specialist and Communications Professional in the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics. Gail discusses the importance of communication in business and how to engage and inspire people around you.Gail references Simon Sinek's book, "Start With Why" and several of his ideas throughout her discussion. To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
Financial Stability

Financial Stability

2019-03-1240:55

In this episode we will discuss financial stability by taking a look at the past and predicting the future. The discussion is led by Lewis Alexander, U.S. Chief Economist and Head of Fixed Income Research in the Americas. To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
HR Talent Panel

HR Talent Panel

2019-01-2838:15

In this episode, a panel consisting of three HR Talent Executives gathered to discuss career guidance, navigating the job search and the role of automation and technology in talent acquisition. The panel was moderated by Greg Cant, Dean of the Feliciano School of Business, and the panelists included:• Ed Bitterle, ADP, Chief Talent Acquisition Officer• Sue Chegwidden, Prudential Financial, VP & Chief Talent Officer, Talent Management• Matt Jahansouz, Goldman Sachs, Managing Director, Global Head of Human Capital ManagementTo hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
Introducing The Business Edge; the podcast of the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University. To hear a discussion on a specific topic, please email us at felicianobiz@montclair.edu or message us on social media.Facebook: @FelicianoBusinessInstagram: @Feliciano_BusinessTwitter: @BizFeliciano
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