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John Sedunov, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

John Sedunov, PhD John Sedunov, PhD

The Michele and Christopher Iannaccone ’91 Assistant Professor of Finance | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University


John Sedunov, PhD, is an expert in banking, cryptocurrencies and financial institutions





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Areas of Expertise (16)

Blockchain Federal Reserve Tariffs Political Economy Fintech Cryptocurrencies Financial Institutions Risk Management Systemic Risk and Financial Crises Banking International Mergers and Acquisitions Alternative Investments Bitcoin Banking Regulation Trade Business


Professor Sedunov's research and teaching interests include risk management, financial crises, banking, and systemic risk. He is a go-to media expert for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well as FinTech. Sedunov can also discuss the economic ramifications of political developments and policy changes.

Education (3)

The Ohio State University: PhD

The Ohio State University: MA

Carnegie Mellon University: BA

Select Accomplishments (4)

Global Leadership Research Excellence Award (professional)

Villanova Center

Global Leadership Research Excellence Award (professional)

Villanova Center (Honorable Mention)

Ph.D. Student Travel Grant (professional)

American Finance Association

Semi-Finalist for the Best Paper Award at the Financial Management Association conference (professional)

Paper: "Do bank bailouts reduce or increase systemic risk? the effects of TARP on financial system stability?"

Select Media Appearances (6)

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Getting Hacked Because It’s Easy

The Wall Street Journal  online


Currently sitting at around $6,300, bitcoin trades near its low for the year and well off its record high near $20,000 established in December.

The hacks are “bad for users, bad for exchanges and terrible for confidence,” said John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at Villanova University. “If I don’t have confidence in where I’m storing my crypto assets or where I’m investing, how can I really trust any of this?”

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Why bitcoin exchanges keep getting hacked — and how to protect yourself

Washington Post  online


"Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have risen dramatically in popularity and value over the past few years," said John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at Villanova University. "This fast run-up may have caught some exchanges off-guard, and they may not have had the capital on hand, time, or even the technical ability to ramp up security features fast enough to ward off potential attackers."

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Wells Fargo isn't the only bank with fake accounts, regulators say



Banks that were found to have problems "have already taken -- or are in the process of" taking corrective actions such as closing accounts, refunding customers and fixing credit bureau information, the OCC said.

"It's certainly troubling that this appears to be more widespread than one bank," said John Sedunov, a finance professor at Villanova.

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Bitcoin ATMs start to show up in Pittsburgh convenience stores

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  online


"The question about the future of bitcoin's growth will be is it the chicken or the egg that comes first?" said John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at Villanova University. He is working on a research paper about bitcoin ATMs and whether bitcoin can become mainstream enough to replace traditional banking.

"Do more retail venues like grocery stores and movie theaters need to accept it first in order to stoke demand from ordinary people? Or is it the opposite?" he asked. "When you have all these people with bitcoins who want to use it as currency, does that drive more retail stores to accept it as a form of payment?"

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5 Ways to Protect Against a Market Correction

U.S. News & World Report  online


Hedge funds with a net short position tend to increase in value during market downturns, says John Sedunov, an assistant professor of finance at the Villanova University School of Business in Villanova, Pennsylvania. "However, these types of funds don't typically perform well during bull markets, so investors may only want a small piece of their portfolio dedicated to [them]." He says to consider volatility-based hedge fund strategies for protection in a bear market, as volatility tends to increase then.

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'America first' in banking sector could ignite global crisis

CNBC  online


Article by Dr. Sedunov on the dangers of nationalist rhetoric.

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Select Academic Articles (6)

Does Bank Technology Impact Small Business Lending Decisions? Journal of Financial Research

John Sedunov


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Bank liquidity creation and real economic output Journal of Banking & Finance

Berger, A and Sedunov, J


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Governance mechanisms and effective activism: evidence from shareholder proposals on poison pills Journal of Empirical Finance

Mireia Gine, Rabih Moussawi, and John Sedunov


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Do bank bailouts reduce or increase systemic risk? the effects of TARP on financial system stability The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Research

Allen N Berger, Raluca A Roman, and John Sedunov


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What is the systemic risk exposure of financial institutions? Journal of Financial Stability

Sedunov, J


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A comprehensive approach to measuring the relation between systemic risk exposure and sovereign debt Journal of Financial Stability

Michael S Pagano and John Sedunov


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