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 dedicated to investment banking. Under Mr. Mier’s direction, the ASD has built two proprietary option valuation models, as well as econometric models to forecast SIFMA, municipal bond volume, and other variables of interest. The group also provides analytics and commentary on the economy, monetary policy, and a variety of public finance issues.
Prior to joining Loop Capital, 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, he 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.
For several years, Mr. Mier has been named to SMITH’s Research and Gradings’ Municipal All-Star Team, receiving honors both as a sell-side strategist and director of research. The program recognizes analysts from a broad base of market sectors for high-quality analysis and commentary, selecting honorees based on a survey of nearly 3,000 institutional investors. Mr. Mier speaks regularly at industry events, and has appeared on panels for the Government Finance Officers Association, Municipal Analysts Group of New York, Chicago Municipal Analysts Society, and many others.
Mr. Mier holds a Masters of Management in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the AIMR in 1992. He also holds Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.