Philip J. Fischer is head of Municipals and Indices Research at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.� Under his leadership, the group produces municipal credit research and�a municipal strategy product with�a focus on�thematic pieces and�relative value�analysis and ideas.�Fischer and his�group work�closely with other Fixed Income�and Global Wealth Investment Management research�professionals to analyze and position the municipal asset class as part of an asset allocation strategy and determine�relative value�compared�to other fixed income products.Fischer brings nearly 30 years of finance experience to his role, largely in the municipal sector. �He was recognized by both Smith�s Research and Institutional Investor as an all-star�municipal strategist for more than 10 years.� He is the author of �Investing in Municipal Bonds� (McGraw-Hill, January 2013).Prior to joining the firm, Fischer spent three years at eBooleant Consulting, a financial and computer consulting firm.� During that time he was also a director of Banc America Preferred Funding Corp.� Before that, he spent four years as a senior technical analyst followed by 13 years as the manager of municipal strategies at Merrill Lynch.� He has also worked at Salomon Brothers and Citicorp Investment Bank.� Fischer has taught at the University of Oregon (finance and business law) and SUNY Albany (finance, investments and economics).Fischer has a bachelor�s degree from Oregon State University, a J.D. from Loyola School of Law and an M.B.A. (finance) and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
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