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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

Villanova, PA, UNITED STATES

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

Biography

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)

2016
Villanova Center

Global Leadership Research Excellence Award (professional)

2014
Villanova Center (Honorable Mention)

Ph.D. Student Travel Grant (professional)

2011
American Finance Association

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

2016
Paper: "Do bank bailouts reduce or increase systemic risk? the effects of TARP on financial system stability?"

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If bitcoin is so safe, why does it keep getting hacked?

Vox  

2019-05-08

“These types of currencies are unbelievably attractive to a thief or a hacker because of the anonymous nature of it,” John Sedunov, a professor of finance at Villanova University, said. “There’s more of an appeal, because if I go rob a bank, I’m on camera, etc. If I steal a bitcoin from an exchange, I have a string of random letters and numbers attached to me, and nobody is going to figure out who I am.”

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Lessons to Investors From Bitcoin's First Decade

U.S. News  

2019-01-03

Bitcoin recently passed its 10th birthday, having given some owners huge gains, others enormous losses. It hasn't been in the news so much recently due to a slump from its all-time high over $17,000 a coin a year ago to below $8,000 last February. It opens 2019 around $3,700. So, what have investors learned in the first 10 years? Will the ride be as wild in the next decade? Will bitcoin extend its reach as an actual currency for buying meals and paying the rent? Does that matter? "I think that, right now, those who should think about investing in cryptocurrencies should be those who have an appetite for risk," says John Sedunov, assistant finance professor at Villanova University School of Business.

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Cryptocurrency Exchanges Are Getting Hacked Because It’s Easy

The Wall Street Journal  online

2018-07-16

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

2018-06-20

"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

CNN  

2018-06-06

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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Select Academic Articles (6)

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

John Sedunov

2017

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

Berger, A and Sedunov, J

2017

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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

2017

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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

2016

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

Sedunov, J

2016

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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

2016

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