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.
Is the Build Back Better Plan Better?
Feliciano School of Business faculty members in the department of Economics, Todd Federman and David Axelrod, discuss the Built Back Better Plan. They provide details on the individual items in the plan and provide their perspectives on the impact it will have on the U.S. economy, inflation, climate change, health care, families, and the labor market.
Dr. Axelrod received his Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1990, with the dissertation Three Essays on Latency in Economics and Decision Making. He has taught at Montclair State University as an adjunct professor since 2013. Previously, he worked in finance for twenty years as an economist, consultant and actuarial analyst, including positions with Falcon Management, Volvo Finance, and Crum & Forster. He has also produced research in health economics, and the nature of choice and well-being. Dr. Axelrod provides holonomic consultation and workshops. He plays electric bass, and has released over a dozen albums of original music.
After getting an MBA from Harvard, Todd Federman started his twenty-five year Wall Street career at Goldman Sachs as a bond trader. He then joined Drexel Burnham as both a bond and equity trader. After Drexel, Todd spent fifteen years at hedge fund Paloma Partners, managing a regional office and trading equities based on a proprietary technical trading model. After leaving Wall Street, he started a second career in education. Todd was an adjunct in the Mathematics department at MSU from 2009-2014 before joining the Economics department full time in the fall of 2014. Todd was also an independent Education Consultant. He ran professional development workshops, focused on showing teachers how to use Smart Boards effectively.
Did the Covid-19 pandemic or recent U.S. stimulus plans cause U.S. inflation?
Dr. Edmond Berisha, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, discusses inflation the U.S. economy is currently experiencing.
He shares his opinion on what caused inflation, the impact to the U.S. consumer, recent inflation data, what actions need to be implemented to resolve it, and when it will end.
Dr. Berisha, who received his PhD from the Department of Economics at West Virginia University, in May 2017, joined the Department of Economics at the Feliciano School of Business. His research interest includes macroeconomics, monetary policy, and income distribution. Dr. Berisha has published several manuscripts based on his research regarding the relationship between key macroeconomic variables and income distribution in the U.S. Prior to joining Montclair State, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Fairmont State University, West Virginia, where he taught several economics and finance courses.
President Biden's Infrastructure Plan
Feliciano School of Business professor in the Department of Economics, Dr. David Axelrod, discusses President Biden’s infrastructure plan and what impact it will have on the U.S. economy.
Dr. Axelrod received his Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1990, with the dissertation Three Essays on Latency in Economics and Decision Making. He has taught at Montclair State University as an adjunct professor since 2013. Previously, he worked in finance for twenty years as an economist, consultant and actuarial analyst, including positions with Falcon Management, Volvo Finance, and Crum & Forster. He has also produced research in health economics, and the nature of choice and well-being. Dr. Axelrod provides holonomic consultation and workshops. He plays electric bass and has released over a dozen albums of original music.
The Impact of Covid on the Sports Industry
Dr. Joshua Lupinek, Assistant Professor of Sport Marketing at the Feliciano School of Business, discusses how Covid has impacted the major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL). He shares his opinions and expertise on the following topics:
· Impact of the Covid restrictions on the major sports leagues
· How the leagues have implemented the Covid guidelines
· The future of live attendance at arenas and stadiums
· The post-Covid fan experience
· Possibility of a return to the pre-Covid fan experience
Dr. Lupinek has a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Sport Management and Sociology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is currently working on a Marketing Analytics certificate from Penn State University. His research interest includes VR eye tracking research that measures consumer reactions. Before joining The Feliciano School of Business, he served as a tenured Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he also was Director of the Sport and Recreation Business Program, and Director of the School of Management Virtual Reality Lab.
GameStop, Short Selling, and the Madness of Crowds
Todd Federman, MBA, is an Instructional Specialist in the Economics Department at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University. In this podcast episode he explains how a short sale works, discuss the various players involved and share some historical examples that look remarkably similar to GameStop.
Prior to teaching, Mr. Federman had a 25 year Wall Street trading career. Short selling stocks was an integral part of his business.
The impact of Covid-19 on the retail industry
In this episode, Feliciano School of Business Associate Professor of Marketing, Dr. Manveer Mann, discusses how Coid-19 has impacted the retail industry and how they have adjusted to make shoppers feel safe. She also provides her opinion on when and if retail will return to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Dr. Manveer Mann is an associate professor of Marketing at Montclair State University. She has over five years of experience in higher education teaching in areas including international business, marketing, and retailing. Before joining Montclair State University, she was an assistant professor at Old Dominion University, Virginia. She received a PhD from Auburn University, Alabama. Her research interests span a number of topics in marketing including consumer behavior, social responsibility, and retailing. Her research has appeared in several academic journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, and the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. She has presented her research in numerous international and national conferences including Society of Consumer Psychology, Transformative Consumer Research, Academy of Marketing Science, and American Collegiate Retailing Association.