Current Use of Leverage in U.S. Closed-End Funds
Tuesday, September 22 , 2015, 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.
Associate Director, Fund & Asset Manager Rating Group
Brian Knudsen is an Associate Director in the Fund and Asset Manager Group at Fitch Ratings primarily overseeing ratings on closed-end funds.
Prior to joining Fitch, Brian was an Associate Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. where he served in various roles including closed-end fund strategy and research, short-term trading, and business development.
Brian earned a BSBA in Finance & International Business from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
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