Mark Harrison, CFA

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Mark Harrison, CFA, is director of publications at CFA Institute, where he contributes to a suite of publications that includes the Financial Analysts Journal, CFA Digest, and Conference Proceedings Quarterly. He has more than 12 years of investment experience as a portfolio manager and securities analyst. As investment manager of the West Midlands Pension Fund, part of the UK local government pension fund, Harrison managed a portfolio of European equities and had oversight of external managers and hedge fund selection. He is also the author of The Empowered Investor and holds the ASIP designation. Harrison holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Oxford.

Solutions to a Misbehaving Finance Industry

Solutions to a Misbehaving Finance Industry

Excessive financialization sucks in talented young graduates from more useful occupations, invents superfluously complex financial products, misdirects investment capital into bubbles, and if unchecked by effective regulation, encourages many evils. So, is this evidence of a finance sector malfunctioning so badly that it will inevitably lead to capitalism’s demise? Read more

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The Place of Private Equity in a Diversified Investor’s Portfolio

Diversification

The recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing of Energy Future Holdings Corporation — once the subject of the world’s largest leveraged buyout, and now the biggest private equity bankruptcy since the demise of Chrysler — casts an unflattering light on the rarefied sphere of private equity investment. We take the opportunity to review recent research on the place of private equity in a diversified investor’s portfolio. Read more

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