Mark Fairbairn

Mark Fairbairn, CFA, B.Eng., is an Assistant Vice President with the Investment Management and Strategy team at MD Financial Management. He is responsible for the non-North American equity funds and pools as well as the currency overlay program within the equity funds.

  • Sector Scan: A hot day in Paris

    Sector Scan: A hot day in Paris

    The risks of climate change are real. Here’s how the power sector and other industries are moving quickly to reduce carbon emissions—and why that’s good news for you as an investor

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions Floodgates Open in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Mergers and Acquisitions Floodgates Open in the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Recently, we have seen a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. Here are the factors that have contributed to it.

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  • Sector Scan: Innovation a key driver of health care success

    Sector Scan: Innovation a key driver of health care success

    Innovation is one of the most significant trends driving the healthcare sector today, and the ability to innovate could be the factor that separates the companies that thrive from those that don’t.

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  • Blockchain: The Real Investment Opportunity Behind Cryptocurrencies

    Blockchain: The Real Investment Opportunity Behind Cryptocurrencies

    MD is staying away from direct investment in cryptocurrencies. But we're excited about the investment opportunities of the technology that powers it. Learn more about blockchain.

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  • Sector Scan: Why Even Santa Depends on Global Transportation

    Sector Scan: Why Even Santa Depends on Global Transportation

    The demands of customers like Apple, industry disruptors in e-commerce, automation, and shifts in global supply chains are all factors keeping the business of transportation in constant motion.

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  • Sector Scan: As Canadian As... Big Banks

    Sector Scan: As Canadian As... Big Banks

    Banking represents nearly a third of our nation’s key market index. While Canadian banks remain a solid investment, this sector’s greatest growth opportunities are abroad and in emerging markets.

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  • A Bit About Bitcoin. . .

    A Bit About Bitcoin. . .

    In my line of work, friends and family often ask for my thoughts on various investments. Generally, they ask about stocks but, lately, the questions have been about Bitcoin. I see why Bitcoin...

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  • The Curious Case of the Canadian Dollar

    The Curious Case of the Canadian Dollar

    With the surprise display of strength by the Canadian dollar over the last 2 months, a summer road trip to the U.S. is making a little bit more sense—but just a little and probably not for...

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  • Thank You for Not Smoking... in My Retirement Fund

    Thank You for Not Smoking... in My Retirement Fund

    Would you be alarmed if your retirement fund was hooked on cigarettes? I recently met Dr. Bronwyn King, a practising radiation oncologist from Australia and founder of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a...

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  • Why Would Anyone Invest in Russia?

    Why Would Anyone Invest in Russia?

    By Mark Fairbairn, CFA, B.Eng.Senior Investment Analyst, International Equities Recently, with Russia dominating headline news, I’ve been asked whether we at MD invest in that market—and if so,...

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  • The Droids are Here, and They’re Making Lattes

    The Droids are Here, and They’re Making Lattes

    By Mark Fairbairn, CFA, B.Eng.  Senior Investment Analyst, International Equities Robots tend to elicit both excitement and fear—at least in Hollywood. Excitement about a future of helpful...

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  • Weaker Peso Plus Donald Trump Equals Mexican Vacation Time!

    Weaker Peso Plus Donald Trump Equals Mexican Vacation Time!

    Unlike the more than 1.9 million Canadians who travel to Mexico each year, I have yet to go. But with the Mexican peso trading at one of the lowest levels in its history, I’m tempted to book a...

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