Author Archives: Mark Harrison, CFA

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.

Antti Ilmanen Describes a Harsh Winter for Expected Returns

AQR’s Antti Ilmanen sees three distinct investing scenarios in the future: Slow pain, fast pain, or 2008 all over again. What are investors to do? Read More

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Brexit Britain: Heading for a Variant of the Norwegian Model?

No country has ever left the European Union, and investment professionals are wondering whether the Brexit outcome will resemble a Norway model, a Swiss model, or something else entirely. Read More

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Gleanings from Brexit: Recommended Links

A deeper understanding of the tensions that have driven ongoing clashes will be essential for investment professionals looking to adapt their approach to the global economy. Read More

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The Middle Office Strikes Back

Spectacular advances in computer-processing power, visualization methodologies, and other innovative techniques are now eroding boundaries among risk, performance, and investment decision-making professionals. Read More

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Navigating An Experimental Economic Environment

Our generation of investors must navigate an anemic global economy that was inconceivable only a few years ago, unmoved by zero interest rates and bursts of experimental monetary policy. Mark Harrison, CFA, has identified key presentations to help professionals chart a path forward. Read More

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Lord Adair Turner: Solutions to the Real Estate Price Boom and Post-Crisis Recession

In his opening keynote address at the 2014 European Investment Conference, Lord Adair Turner, senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, spoke about the shortcomings of “too big to fail” and inflation targeting. Read More

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Systemic Risk: Is the Investment Profession Part of the Problem or Solution?

Opening the 2014 European Investment Conference, Robert W. Jenkins, FSIP, Adjunct Professor of Finance at London Business School asks if the investment profession is a source of systemic risk. Read More

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Fresh Perspectives for European Investors: Currency, Asset Allocation, and Risk Management

Selections from CFA Institute Conference Proceedings for investment professionals ready to challenge their investment processes, practices, and mindsets. Read More

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Robert Merton: A New Approach for Macrofinancial Risks

Nobel laureate Robert C. Merton challenged traditional models used by investors to measure sovereign and financial system credit risk and instead proposes an alternative framework. Read More

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Europe’s Economy and the Way Forward

Economist Anatole Kaletsky downplays the real economic importance of Europe to the global economy and believes there is a chance that Germany might even leave the eurozone to ensure the euro’s survival as a currency. Read More

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