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    • Thursday, May 02, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bloomberg L.P. 731 Lexington Ave NYC NY 10022 7th Floor


    Join Bloomberg and the Municipal Bond Club of New York for a panel discussion on how the availability of new technology, trading platforms, data and algorithms are changing the job of portfolio management and trading. This lively conversation will cover the transition of the muni space into the future including muni benchmarks, curves, indices technology and more.


    5:30 – 6:00 PM


    6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Panel Discussion: Decision Making in a Data Driven Municipal Marketplace

    7:00 – 8:00 PM

    Networking Reception & Drinks



    Register Herehttps://go.bloomberg.com/attend/invite/decision-making-data-driven-municipal-marketplace/


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    Joe Mysak

    Editor of the Daily Municipal Market Brief

    Bloomberg L.P.

    Joe Mysak has been covering the municipal market since January of 1981, when he was hired at The Daily Bond Buyer. He served as copy editor, reporter, assistant managing editor, managing editor, editor, and editor and publisher. In 1994 he joined the Interest Rate Publishing Co. to put out the fortnightly Grant’s Municipal Bond Observer. In 1999, he joined Bloomberg News. He is currently the editor of the daily Bloomberg Brief, “Municipal Market.” He is the author of, among other titles, the “Handbook for Muni-Bond Issuers” (1998) and “The Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds” (2012). He has been an annual speaker at the Bond Attorneys Winter Workshop since 1994.

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    Debe Trachtenberg

    Vice President & Director of Municipal Trading

    Eaton Vance Management

    Deborah Trachtenberg is a Vice President of Eaton Vance Management and Director of Municipal Trading. She is responsible for trading the National Market and for the specific states of New York and New Jersey. She is also responsible for the overall operations of the municipal trading function at Eaton Vance. Deborah has been involved in the Municipal market for over 35 years. Prior to joining Eaton Vance, she served in the capacity of senior municipal trader at Chemical Bank (1983-1993), at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (1993-1995), and at Fidelity Investments (1995-1997). Deborah joined Eaton Vance in 1997, at which time she established the municipal trading function for the firm. She is also a board member of The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors.

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    Bob DiMella, CFA

    Executive Managing Director & Co-Head of Municipal Managers

    MacKay Shields

    Robert DiMella is an Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of Municipal Managers, which he manages jointly with John Loffredo. Together they oversee all aspects of the group’s business, including oversight of portfolio management and research, as well as client relationships and product development. He is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team. Robert has been a municipal portfolio manager and/or municipal analyst since 1993, with a broad range of experience in portfolio management and research in the municipal markets. He joined MacKay Shields in July 2009 when the firm acquired the assets of Mariner Municipal Managers LLC, where he served as President and co-founder from 2007 to 2009. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of BlackRock’s Municipal Portfolio Management Group. Prior to BlackRock’s merger with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, he served as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of Merrill Lynch’s Municipal Products Group, where he worked from 1993 to 2006.

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    Peter DeGroot

    Managing Director – Head of Municipal Bond Research and Strategies


    Peter DeGroot is a Managing Director and heads the Investment Bank’s Municipal Research and Strategy efforts. J.P. Morgan’s Municipal Research and Strategy Group publishes daily and weekly market analytics and commentary for issuer and investor clients. The team also advises the firm’s investor clients on risk and performance management in tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond portfolios. Peter joined J.P. Morgan in June of 2011 from Barclays Capital where he was a Managing Director and head of the municipal strategies team. Mr. DeGroot regularly speaks at industry events and is often cited in the financial press. Peter has been voted among the top ranked municipal bond strategists for over 15-years and as the top ranked strategist for more than ten years, based on the annual survey by Institutional Investor. Mr. DeGroot began his career in 1984 in the Investment Banking Division at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, in New York. He holds degrees from Saint Francis College in Computer Science and Business Management.

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    Patrick McGarry

    Municipal Institutional Trading Manager / Head Trader

    RBC Capital Markets

    Mr. McGarry’s current position is Institutional Trading Manager. Mr. McGarry has been in the trading municipal bonds for 28 years. He has been a retail and institutional trader for Tucker Anthony/RBC from 1990 to 2003 specializing in structure bonds and special revenue bonds. From 2003 to 2011 he traded for First Albany/Depfa/Jefferies. During his time at First Albany he also was the manager of the middle markets desk. He returned to RBC in 2011. Pat started at RBC in 2011 as the institutional yld/special revenue trader. He has since been promoted to Institutional Trading Manager in 2014. He manages a team of nine institutional municipal traders. Mr. McGarry holds a BOA from St. Johns University and Series 7, 53, & 63 licenses.


    • Monday, June 10, 2019
    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    • 10 sessions
    • NYC Senimar and Conference Center 71 West 23rd Street NYC NY 10010

    The Municipal Bond Club of New York


    Bond School 2019


    The Municipal Bond Club of New York is proud to present Bond School 2019. 

    This 9 session lecture series will be taught by accomplished industry professionals on topics spanning all aspects of the Municipal Bond Industry. Course topics range from the process of bringing a new issue to market, bond evaluation and secondary market trading, bond insurance, today’s top market strategies, and more.

    Enrollment includes entry to a Networking Night Party to be held July 11th, where students will have the opportunity to meet and network with other Municipal industry professionals. Students will also receive a copy of The Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds written by SIFMA published by John Wiley and Sons. A $75 value.

    Not based in NYC or traveling? Register for the Live Interactive Video Webinar course (each webinar student will have an individual login allowing them to participate remotely and ask questions).  


    Bond School is perfect for your summer internship program!  

    Special group rates for firms registering 10 or more 

    Please contact Nicolle Brescia nbrescia@marketaxess.com or

    Stephen Siegel ssiegel@chappy.com for more information.


    Weekly Classes

    June 10th thru July 23rd 2019

    6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

    Location: NYC Seminar & Conference Center

     71 West 23rd Street

    New York, NY 10010

    or via a

     Interactive Live Video Webinar



    In Class $450

    Interactive Live Video Webinar $550

    Register Now



    Updated (4/18/2019)


     Topic  Speaker  Firm
     June 10th, Monday  Introduction to Municipal Bonds  Stephen Winterstein  MarketAxess
     June 11th, Tuesday  A View from the Buy Side  TBD  TBD
     June 18th, Monday  Rating Municipal Bonds  Nora Wittstruck
     Standard & Poors
     June 24th, Monday  Issuers Perspective  Patrick McCoy  Metropolitan Transportation Authority 
     June  25th, Tuesday  Post Issuance Compliance - Arbitrage Rebate and Yield Restriction  Takashi Iwata  Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
     July 9th, Tuesday  Bond Insurance  Dana Villanova and Chris Chafezedah  Assured Guaranty
     July 15th, Monday  Primary Market: Underwriting  Brian Wynne, Daniel Kelly, and Glen Balanoff  Morgan Stanley
     July 16th, Tuesday  Secondary Market: Trading  Robert Massari  Sumridge Partners
     July 23rd, Tuesday  Investing Today for your Tomorrow with Munis   James Corcoran  Wells Fargo

    *Dates and speakers subject to change

The Municipal Bond Club of New York

P.O. Box 2141
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New York, NY 10101-2141

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