Dr. Mark E. Holder is a derivatives industry academic and consultant.
Recently, he served as the director of product development for the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx), but left 2 months prior to their closing. He was responsible for research, design and development of derivatives contracts.
He was formerly the director of the financial engineering program, chair of the department of finance and associate professor of finance at Kent State University, responsible for management of curriculum design and program development. He also served as the committee chair for the Masters of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE) program and as the MSFE advisory board chair.
He also is the editor of the Review of Futures Markets, a quarterly financial journal, originally produced by the Chicago Board of Trade, now published by Kent State University in cooperation with the IFM.
Holder was named a 2009 Hong Kong Institute of Monetary Research (HKIMR) Visiting Research Fellow and is one of four HKMIR Research Fellows chosen this summer from a prominent group of academics. The application process is highly competitive and one must have a track record of publication in refereed scholarly journals. Candidates typically hold a PhD in economics or finance, with a specialization in macroeconomics or financial economics. His research topic is "The Impact of Monetary Policy Change on Carry Trade and Liquidity Markets".
Before joining Kent State University, Dr. Holder was a Senior Economist and Group Manager at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) where he participated in the design, launch, and marketing of the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures and futures options contracts. He also was responsible for Asian market intelligence for Chicago Board of Trade strategic analysis research. His research articles have appeared in Financial Management, The Journal of Futures Markets, Derivatives Quarterly, and Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation.
Holder has a PhD in finance from Kent State University - Graduate School of Management.
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