During his career in financial services, Harry Harrison has been a derivatives trader and he has led teams of fixed income sales and trading traders. For more than 20 years, Harrison worked in investment and trading at Barclays. His last position was Head of Barclays Non-core from 2014 to 2017. Harrison is a native of the United Kingdom who was sent to New York by Barclays in 2003. His assignment was to establish Barclays in the U.S. rates market.
Harrison recognized that American investment banks were already doing an excellent job in most aspects of the market. Therefore, he realized that Barclays had to find a niche American investment banks did not already dominate. Barclays had been successful in electronic trading in Europe. At the time, the American interest rates market still focused on over the counter or voice trades. Barclays believed that electronic trading represented the future in the industry and decided to be the pioneer to bring electronic trades to interest rates market. Harrison led the company’s effort. He said that he enjoyed seeing how a new player can disrupt and dominate a marketplace as Barclays did.
Harrison’s last major project before leaving Barclays was getting the bank out of $110 billion worth of business that the company no longer wanted to be in. After completing that effort, he decided to take a break. Today his major responsibility is being a stay-at-home dad to his two young children. In that role, he doesn’t have a typical day. His new schedule allows him ample time for reading. Harrison seeks books that discuss the social upheaval that is happening around the world today. Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges and The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani are books he has read recently and found troubling.
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