Current Use of Leverage in U.S. Closed-End Funds
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:00 AM ET
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- Range of operating leverage ratios today;
- Types of leverage utilized in municipal and taxable sectors;
- Debt maturity schedule in the industry;
- Cost of funding for different leverage types;
- Outlook for next six months.
Senior Director, Fund & Asset Manager Rating Group
Ian Rasmussen is the U.S. head of Fitch's Fund and Asset Manager Group, overseeing ratings assigned to money market funds, closed-end funds, local government investment pools and asset managers.
From 2003 to 2008, Ian worked in Fitch's credit policy group, where he supported the corporate, municipal, and structured finance rating groups and conducted research on credit default swaps and structured finance.
Ian earned a BS in finance from Southern Utah University and an MBA in finance from Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Yuriy Layvand, CFA
Director, Fund & Asset Manager Rating Group
Yuriy Layvand is a director in Fitch Ratings' Fund and Asset Manager Group.
His primary areas of expertise are closed-end funds and money market funds.
Yuriy has primary analytical responsibilities on over 60 funds, helping develop and improve fund rating criteria and publish fund-specific as well as market-wide research. Before joining Fitch, Yuriy was a senior at Ernst & Young's asset management practice performing advisory and assurance services on hedge funds, private equity funds and asset managers.
Yuriy became a CFA charterholder in September of 2010, earned his MBA degree in Finance & Investments at Baruch College in May of 2008, and obtained his CPA license in the state of New York in May of 2005.
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