I’m Mark Latham, author of this blog. It’s part of the larger project presented in the VoterMedia.org website, which advocates voter funded media to improve the governance of democracies and corporations. I also write the VoterMedia Democracy Blog, which talks about ongoing implementations of this idea in democracies since January 2007.
I started the VoterMedia Finance Blog in October 2008 because of the U.S. financial crisis and bailout. The crisis was caused in large part by poor corporate governance and poor democratic governance, so voter media reforms can help prevent such disasters in the future. Meanwhile I posted some ideas here in fall 2008 about how to achieve short-term and medium-term stability of the financial system.
Although my work for the past 13 years has focused on governance, before that my specialty was investments: financial economics, derivatives arbitrage, risk measurement and control etc. I worked for Salomon Brothers (now part of Citigroup) and Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America) in New York and Tokyo. Before that I was assistant professor of finance at U C Berkeley. My résumé and contact info are linked here.
Now that I’m a member of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee (SECIAC), I should make this standard disclaimer: This blog expresses my own views, and does not necessarily reflect either the views of the Committee, or the views or regulatory agenda of the Commission, the Commissioners, or Commission staff.