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Mark Harrison, CFA

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Biography

Mark Harrison, CFA, is director of journal publications at CFA Institute, where he supports a suite of member publications, including the Financial Analysts Journal, In Practice summaries, and CFA Digest. He has more than 12 years of investment experience as a portfolio manager and securities analyst. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Author's Posts
In Practice Summary: Reassessing the Drivers of Commodity Futures Returns

What is the effect on portfolio returns when the commodity futures market as a whole is in backwardation or contango during recessions and during unexpected inflation?

In Practice Summary: Assessing the CFA® Program’s Value

How does the CFA designation impact the performance of sell-side analysts who make stock recommendations?

Navigating a China Dip

Visiting Hong Kong for the first time in two decades, Mark Harrison, CFA, sees evidence of breakneck economic transformation everywhere. But what happens when the music stops?

In Practice Summary: Optimizing Exposure to Precious Metals through a Fund

What is the best way to hold more traditional stores of value, such as gold? Mark Harrison, CFA, and Keyur Patel explore the question in the latest edition of the In Practice series.

Best of 2017: Financial Analysts Journal, CFA Digest, and In Practice

What can we learn from downloads of CFA Institute publications in 2017? Mark Harrison, CFA, sifts through the most popular CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal articles as well as CFA Digest and In Practice summaries to uncover a few themes.

In Practice Summary: Managing Sequence Risk to Optimize Retirement Income

You arrive at your retirement day with a sizeable retirement fund. But then what? Some theorize that this is the point when there is the greatest risk of failure in your lifelong savings strategy. This edition of In Practice summarizes an innovative solution to this dilemma curated from new research from Cass Business School, London.

In Practice Summary: Value Investing — Do Quant Strategies Measure Up?

In the latest edition of the In Practice series, Mark Harrison, CFA, and Phil Davis summarize recent research into whether buying US equities that are underpriced based on simple fundamental-to-price ratios yields better performance than investing in broad market indexes.

In Practice Summary: Build in Buybacks for Better Forecasts

When investors forecast long-run drivers of stock returns, are cash dividends or payouts such as buybacks more accurate criteria than fundamentals? A new study suggests that they are. Mark Harrison, CFA, explains.

Sir Paul Tucker: Systemic Risk and Threats to Financial Capitalism

Sir Paul Tucker is not shy about making an audience feel uncomfortable, Mark Harrison, CFA, observes. In fact, the crowd was rather ill at ease during Tucker's presentation at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference, and not just because the topic was systemic risk.



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