Dr. Mark A. Johnson


Associate Professor of Finance


Sellinger Hall 204

Research Areas

Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Financial Literacy, Investments, and Behavioral Finance

Academic Degrees

Ph D, University of New Orleans
MS, University of New Orleans
MS, Florida International University
BS, Florida State University

Representative Publications

Forthcoming, “New Evidence on Whether Gold Mining Stocks are More like Gold or like Stocks,” with Douglas J. Lamdin, Alternative Investment Analyst Review.
Forthcoming, “Gauging American’s Economic and Financial Capability,” with Douglas J. Lamdin, Business Economics. (Also appears in SSRN’s Household Finance eJournal, Vol. 6, No. 58: August 11, 2015).
Forthcoming, “Portfolio Performance Measures: A Case Study Using the Legg Mason Value Trust Mutual Fund,” with Douglas J. Lamdin, Advances in Financial Education.
“Investment and saving and the euro crisis: A new look at Feldstein-Horioka,” with Douglas J. Lamdin, Journal of Economics and Business, 2014, Vol. 76, pages 101-114.
“Downside Risk – What the Consumer Sentiment Index Reveals,” with Atsuyuki Naka, Financial Services Review, 2014, Vol. 23, No. 1, pages 54-61.
“Changes in Gasoline Prices and Consumer Sentiment,” co-authored with Douglas J. Lamdin, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Fall 2012, Vol. 13, No. 4, pages 43-51.
“The Failure of Lehman Brothers and Its Impact on Other Financial Institutions,” co-authored with Abdullah Al-Mamun, Applied Financial Economics, 2012, Vol. 22, pages 375-385.
“The Purchasing Managers Index and Stock Returns,” co-authored with Kevin J. Watson, The Journal of Investing, Winter 2011, Vol. 20, No. 4, pages 89-98.
“How Did the Fed Do? An Empirical Assessment of the Fed’s New Initiatives in the Financial Crisis,” co-authored with Abdullah Al-Mamun and M. Kabir Hassan, Applied Financial Economics, 2010, Vol. 20, pages 15-30.

Courses Taught  


Financial Management I
Advanced Financial Management
Mergers and Acquisitions
Financial Applications and Strategies
Financial Markets and Institutions
Investment Analysis


Student Managed Sellinger Applied Portfolio Fund
                Led students in managing $500,000+ of the University’s endowment
International Accounting and Finance Study Tour
                Visited companies in Beijing and Shanghai with students
Advanced Financial Management
Financial Management (Honors and Non-Honors sections)
Finance Capstone
Finance Internship
Principles of Real Estate
Principles of Macroeconomics (online course)

Media Contributions

September 2015 Citation of Research, “New Evidence on Whether Gold Mining Stocks are More like Gold or like Stocks” was cited in an article entitled, “Gold Mines Aren’t Perfect Substitutes for Gold” published by The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII).
August 25, 2015 – WBAL NewsRadio 1090 Interview, Stock market volatility and China’s economy. Interviewed by Bryan Nehman.
July 13, 2015 – Baltimore Sun Contributor, Index funds gain in popularity, posing challenges for Legg Mason, T. Rowe. Written by Carrie Wells.
April 29, 2015 – Baltimore Sun Contributor, Businesses vow to rebuild after blow to Baltimore’s economy. Written by Carrie Wells, Luke Broadwater and Jeff Barker.
February 24, 2015 – Baltimore Business Journal Contributor, Cold and snow likely to shift spending around Baltimore. Written by Rick Seltzer.
February 5, 2015 – CBS Baltimore Television Interview, Maryland Democrats Say Much Of Hogan’s Agenda Will Have Trouble. Interviewed by Pat Warren.
January 14, 2015 – HSH.com Contributor, Is a home equity loan a good idea? Written by Tim Manni.
December 16, 2014 – Citation of Research, “Changes in Gasoline Prices and Consumer Sentiment” was cited in an article entitled, “Do lower gasoline prices make for confident consumers?” Written by Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center.
September 25, 2014 – The Daily Record Contributor, More Maryland families save for college. Written by Lizzy McLellan.
August 28, 2014 – Real Estate Weekly Contributor, Saving For A Down Payment. Written by Marilyn Pribus.
July 5, 2014 – Baltimore Sun Contributor, Legg restructures debt amid signs of turnaround. Written by Natalie Sherman.
March 18, 2014 – WBAL-TV Television Interview, Explained how the game, Mega Millions, has recently changed and why the surge in large jackpots.
December 17, 2013 – WBAL-TV Television Interview, Advice for potential winners of the Mega Millions jackpot.
September 4, 2013 – Bankrate.com/FoxBusiness.com Contributor, How Many Bank Accounts Do You Need? Written by Michael Estrin.
June 13, 2013 – WBFF Baltimore Fox 45 Television Interview, Discussion of June 2013 employment data and what it means for the economy. Interviewed by Eric Zager.
April 26, 2013 – WBFF Baltimore Fox 45 Television Interview, Federal Aviation Administration furloughs due to mandatory budget cuts.
February 6, 2013 – The Catholic Review Contributor, Married couples not discussing money, Interviewed by Elizabeth Lowe.
February 6, 2013 – WBAL-TV Television Interview, Why Gas Prices Have Spiked This Winter.
January 2, 2013 – Radio Interview, Understanding the Fiscal Cliff Deal That Was Reached, Interviewed by John Patti from WBAL Radio (1090 AM). Aired January 2, 2013.
November 28, 2012 – WBAL-TV Television Interview, Advice for potential winners of the Powerball jackpot.
August 20, 2012 – WBFF Baltimore Fox 45 Television Interview, Consumer money saving myths, Interviewed by Melinda Roeder.
April 5, 2012 – Citation of Research, “Changes in Gasoline Prices and Consumer Sentiment” was cited in an article by Bill Hobbs discussing the 2012 presidential election, cnsnews.com.
March 30, 2012 – WBAL-TV Television Interview, The lottery and personal finance recommendations for individuals that win. Re-printed on MSNBC.com on April 1, 2012.
December 12, 2011 – Radio Interview, State of the Consumer and the Economy, Interviewed by Beverly Burke from WEAA Public Radio Station (88.9 FM). Aired December 14, 2011 and December 18, 2011.
October 18, 2011 – Article, ‘Stimulus’ isn’t a dirty word, Bankrate.com.
June 11, 2010 – Contributor, Md.’s Boring Bonds Gain Pizzazz As Investors Flock to Debt Issues, Baltimore Business Journal.

Other Scholarly Activities

Textbook Reviewer, Financial Management: Concepts and Applications, Written by Stephen Foerster.
Loyola University Maryland Executive MBA Residency Keynote Speaker (2013 and 2014), Title of presentation: “Creating Value in Today’s Business Climate.”
Loyola University Maryland Contemporary Topics in Business Keynote Speaker (2013), Title of presentation: “Capitol Hill, The Federal Reserve, and Financial Markets – A Data Driven Explanation as to Where We Are and Where We Are Headed.”
Textbook Reviewer, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 7th edition, Written by Richard Brealey, Stewart Myers, and Alan Marcus.
Attendee, Collegium – A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life (2013), University of Portland, Portland, OR.
Attendee, Harvard Business Publishing Case Method Teaching Seminar (2013), Cambridge, MA.
Textbook PowerPoint Creator, Bank Management and Financial Services, 9th edition, Written by Peter S. Rose and Sylvia C. Hudgins.
Invited Presentation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (2012), Title: “Downside Risk – What the Consumer Sentiment Index Reveals,” with Atsuyuki Naka.
Invited Presentation, Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (2012), Title: “Downside Risk – Evidence from the Consumer Sentiment Index,” with Atsuyuki Naka.
Invited Presentation, University of Dayton – Redefining Investment Strategy Education (R.I.S.E.) Forum XI, Dayton, Ohio (2011), Title: “The Failure of Lehman Brothers and Its Impact on Other Financial Institutions.”
Faculty Advisor, Loyola University Maryland Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship Colloquium (2011), Title: “Healthcare Reform and How It Affected Health Care Stocks,” with Stephen Baydala and Kyle Christian, Finished 2nd Place, Business Division.
Loyola University Maryland Alumni Event (‘Hounds on the Street, New York, New York)) Keynote Speaker (2010), Title of presentation: “Asset Bubbles and Financial Intermediation – How the Two Go Together.”
Ad Hoc Reviewer for Applied Economics and Applied Financial Economics.



2015 Abramson Award – Outstanding article published in the past year in Business Economics, a publication of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). Publication that received this recognition: “Gauging American’s Economic and Financial Capability,” with Douglas J. Lamdin.
Outstanding Educator Award, Winston-Salem Evening MBA Program Class of 2015, Wake Forest University.
Outstanding Educator Award, Charlotte Evening MBA Program Class of 2015, Wake Forest University.
2014 – 2015 School of Business Faculty Award Recipient, Graduate Adjunct Teaching Award, Wake Forest University.
Sellinger School of Business and Management Star Award for Teaching, 2013, Loyola University Maryland.
2012 – 2013 Strong Truths Well Lived Award Recipient, The Green and Grey Society, Loyola University Maryland.
Most Valued Professor, Fellows Executive MBA Class of 2012, Loyola University Maryland.
Outstanding Teaching Award (Honorable Mention), 2009, University of New Orleans.
Toussaint Hocevar Memorial Award, University of New Orleans, Award given to the Financial Economics Ph.D. student with the highest grade point average after completion of all coursework.

Companies Visited with Students 

Asian Sourcing International Ltd. (Shanghai office)
Barnes & Noble College
Grant Thornton (Beijing office)
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase
KPMG (New York City and Beijing offices)
New York Stock Exchange
Randa Accessories
Shangahi McCormick Food Ltd.
Smith & Nephew Orthopedics (Beijing office)
Under Armour Brand House

Professional Memberships

American Finance Association
Southern Finance Association
Southwestern Finance Association
Financial Management Association
Decision Sciences Institute