CHRISTOPHER J. MIER, CFA Managing Director/Head of Analytical Services Division Chris Mier is the Chief Strategist and director of the firm’s Analytical Services Division (ASD). The ASD has five full-time professionals and is one of the largest analytics groups of any public finance investment bank. Under Chris’ direction, the ASD has built two proprietary option valuation models, as well as econometric models to forecast municipal bond volume, corporate credit spreads and other variables of interest. Chris also provides analytics and commentary on the economy, monetary policy, and a variety of public finance issues. Prior to joining Loop Capital Markets, Mr. Mier was an institutional Portfolio Manager in the Municipal Bond Department at MFS Investment Management, where he was also on the Duration Committee. In addition, Mr. Mier has served as a Portfolio Manager of numerous municipal funds at Scudder Kemper Investments, prior to which he held several posts at Comerica Bank in Detroit, including credit analyst, portfolio manager and trader in the Funds Management Department. Chris was voted “First Team Strategist” for both 2011 and also for 2010 by Smith’s Research and Gradings, based upon surveys of over 2000 buyside clients. Chris speaks regularly at industry events. He was the Keynote speaker at the National Federation of Municipal Analysts annual conference in 2009. He has appeared on panels for the Government Finance Officers Association, the Municipal Analysts Group of New York, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society, Bloomberg, and more. Chris currently serves on the sub-Committee on economic development and capital planning for the Government Finance Officers Association. Mr. Mier holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. Chris also received his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR (now CFA Institute) in 1992. He also holds Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.
Joan Feldbaum-Vidra has close to 20 years of experience as a sovereign risk analyst. She is Head of Sovereigns at the new global ratings agency, Arc Ratings, SA. Arc is headquartered in London and ESMA regulated. Ms. Feldbaum-Vidra was an analyst at Moody's Investors Service for 15 years and has broad experience across advanced industrialized, emerging and frontier markets.