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Firm Profile: John Beckelman, Head of Fixed Income at Piper Sandler
Post-merger of Piper Jaffray and Sandler O’Neill, John Beckelman became the head of fixed income at the new organization, Piper Sandler. In this Q&A with Mike Nicholas of BDA, John addresses his personal background and the merger which formed Piper Sandler; the firm’s fixed income focus and how it’s compared to past years; as well as new opportunities and challenges faced at Piper. Also discussed is technologies impact on the bond markets; and how COVID has impacted hiring and training of junior professionals.
FINRA's Policies Towards Enhanced Diversity & Inclusion
In this featured BDA Q&A with FINRA leadership, we learn about FINRA’s D&I focus and the tangible changes at FINRA under CEO Robert Cook’s leadership. Including FINRA’s efforts with colleges and universities to build interest in the securities industry.
Featured Interview: US Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
The Honorable Michael Bennet has been a US senator from Colorado since 2009. In this Q&A with the BDA, Senator Bennet talks about the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, the outlook for municipal bonds in Congress, and the priorities of the Senate Finance Committee.
Q&A with Stephanie Sparvero, Global Head of BVAL at Bloomberg
In this discussion Stephanie Sparvero, Global Head of BVAL, addresses the challenges of COVID, how the demand for fixed income data has evolved, how federal regulators push for more transparency has shaped BVAL’s business, and on the recent formation of the BDA’s Fixed Income Pricing and Valuations division.
Guiding Securities Law Principles in Muni Securities Tender and Exchange Offers
In this piece, Nixon Peabody details the specifics of muni tender and exchange transactions and the corresponding regulations. While also addressing transaction guiding principles including timing, transparency, and market impacts.
Carbon Transition: Risk & Opportunity for U.S. Public Finance by Triet Nguyen, DPC Data Corp.
Why carbon transition matters. Estimating greenhouse gas emissions. The social cost of carbon. Similarities with public pension liability. And potential opportunities for U.S. public finance. This article by Triet Nguyen at DPC Data covers this and more in this in-depth article reflecting many of the new issues impacting the municipal bond market.
Financial Markets Transition to Carbon- Free Economy Because “The Equation Doesn’t Work”
As Chris Hamel, Senior Fellow at Municipal Market Analytics, highlights in this article, “The nail in the coffin of the carbon economy will result less from left-wing activists, and more from the money center institutions that understand, or are forced to understand by regulator insistence, that their current long-term investment profile leaves them owning the uncertainty of climate change risk unless the world pivots to a more stable energy footing. The US municipal market would be advised to make careful note of this market trend and Moody’s guidance.”
4th Quarter 2021 – Municipal Market Recap by Thomas Doe, President, Municipal Market Analytics
Tom Doe and Municipal Market Analytics are regular contributors to Fixed Income Insights. In this piece Tom analyzes municipal market activity in the four quarter 2021 and highlights the strong performance of municipals contrasted with “little, if any, discernment regarding credit risk.
Rethinking How to Work a Bond Order by Kevin McPartland, Coalition Greenwich
Kevin McPartland of Coalition Greenwich specifies how working a bond order has evolved, including how technology has bolstered relationships and created opportunities for dealers of all sizes.
MTS Case Study: Delivering Quality Corporate Bond Data Through Partnership, Collaboration & Integration by MTS Markets
“While it is understood that the majority of buy side asset managers – up to 95% according to some estimates - use an Order Management System (“OMS”), a much smaller proportion uses an EMS. In modern electronic markets it is the EMS that allows flexible innovation, collaboration, and integration to take place – meaning many market participants are working without a tool that can provide substantial added value.”
T+1 and Beyond: Seize the Opportunity by Santosh Vazarkar, Broadridge
In this article, Broadridge’s Santosh Vazarkar details the impacts across the trade lifecycle of accelerated settlements – including trade affirmation and matching; treasury management and funding; securities lending and inventory management; reference data and corporate actions; and real-time processing.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Bond Markets – a Discussion Between Mike Nicholas of BDA and Leo Harmon of Mesirow Financial
In this featured BDA “Bonding Time” podcast, Mike Nicholas of BDA talks with Leo Harmon of Mesirow Financial about the importance – socially and for better business – of a diverse workforce. How to kick-start a D&I program within your firm and the importance of buy-in and leadership from the top.
BDA Advocacy Agenda
The BDA's Federal policy agenda, events calendar and the latest news from the Nation's Capital.

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The Bond Dealers of America is the DC based trade group that exclusively represents investment firms and banks focused on the US bond markets.   This quarterly magazine is solely focused on issues impacting the US bond markets, the sell-side, the buy-side, and most important, the investors both retail and institutional.  Also included each quarter is the BDA's Federal policy agenda, our events calendar, and explanation of the benefits of membership.  For more information on the BDA please go to www.bdamerica.org.

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