Adam Hayes

  • • 13 years professional experience as a derivatives trader and 5 years in private wealth management.
  • • Masters degree in economics and pursuing a PhD in economic sociology/social studies of finance.
  • • CFA charterholder, FINRA Series 7 & 63, and Life & Health Insurance Licenses.

Experience

Adam's expertise lies in the social studies of finance and technology. He writes about the influence of FinTech on society, including innovations such as Bitcoin & blockchains, RoboAdvisors, and InsureTech. Adam has also written on topics such as behavioral finance, personal investing, financial risk, and derivatives. His past expertise includes more than a decade of professional work on Wall Street as a derivatives trader and private wealth manager. Adam is currently pursuing a PhD in sociology where he studies economic sociology and the social studies of finance.

Education

Adam received his Bachelors from Cornell University, his Masters from The New School for Social Research (MA in economics) and is currently attending University of Wisconsin-Madison for his PhD in Sociology.

Quote from Adam

"Too many people are scared of 'finance' for whatever reason. Finance needs to be de-mystified so that this fear is turned into the ability to recognize and take advantage of economic opportunities through investment, saving, and smart spending."

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    Hyperinflation is a rise in prices occurring not when countries print too much money, but instead associated with collapse ...
  2. Robo-Advisor

    20 Industries Threatened by Tech Disruption

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    An MBA vs. Master's in Finance

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    MBA Programs Admissions

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  5. Managing Wealth

    Investing In Crisis, A High Risk-High Reward Strategy

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    How Coursera Works & Makes Money

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    How To Profit From Solar Energy

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    The Economics Of Tesla Batteries

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    Ten Influential Chinese Entrepreneurs

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    Why Is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

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    IMF Special Drawing Rights

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    How Demographics Drive The Economy

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    Why is Short Selling Legal? A Brief History

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    E*Trade vs TD Ameritrade

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