Webcast: Tuesday, January 23rd, 1PM ET

Accepted for 1 CFP®/IWI/CFA CE Credit.


Top 5 Municipal Market Insights – “The Year of FUNDamental Municipal Investing”

Entering 2024, following two tumultuous years, there are signs of potential stabilization in the municipal market, which may call for thoughtful and strategic action. MacKay Municipal Managers (MMM) shares its insights as it navigates this transition and aims to play a meaningful role during market turbulence.

MMM emphasizes the fact that success hinges on embracing fundamental investment principles: be highly diversified, maintain liquidity, employ strong fundamental credit analysis, identify relative value opportunities, be active, develop an attractive income stream, manage tax liabilities and be flexible.  In response to recent market fluctuations, many active managers seized the opportunity to adapt their funds using these principles. Investors may want to consider exploring funds that adhere to these principles, aiming to take advantage of the possible opportunities they present.

Tune in to hear the Top 5 Muni Market Insights from seasoned experts at MacKay Municipal Managers.

Discussion Topics:

  • Macro Backdrop
  • Municipal Market – Complex and Evolving
  • Active Management
  • Top 5 Municipal Market Insights for 2024 – “The Year of FUNDamental Municipal Investing”
  • Attractive Investment Opportunities in Today’s Market
  • Municipal Bond Asset Allocation Strategies


Accepted for one hour of CFP®, CFA® & CIMA®, CIMC® or CPWA® CE Credit


Finding Relative Value Across the Yield Curve

There is a potential opportunity on the longer end of the curve with higher yields, and mutual funds could be the vehicle of choice to capitalize. 

The Specter of Rising Taxes Increases the Value of Tax Exemption

Fiscal, state, and local governments are feeling financial pressure as they’ve exhausted their funds. This could lead to an increase in taxes across all levels and heighten the value tax-exempt investment options.


Capitalize on High Yield Market Participants' Overcorrections

Relative value buyers in the high yield muni space can find real opportunities to buy good credits cheaply, as a portion of the market is looking right past them.


Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
MacKay Municipal Managers

David is a Managing Director at MacKay Municipal Managers and Portfolio Manager of the MainStay MacKay municipal bond funds. His primary focus is on the investment-grade and intermediate segments of the municipal market.

David joined the firm in 2009 in his current role. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company. David was also a Senior Portfolio Manager at Alliance Capital Management and Municipal Strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. He has worked in the financial services industry since 1989.

David earned a A.B. in Biology from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer
MacKay Shields

Chris joined MacKay Municipal Managers in May 2011 and serves as Senior Client Portfolio Manager and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining, Chris was Senior Director with TIAA-CREF Asset Management focusing on investment product business development through institutions within the academic, medical, and research community. From 1991 to 2006, Chris worked with Merrill Lynch, most recently as Head of National Accounts within the asset management division overseeing business development within the broker-dealer community.

Chris has a B.A. from Rutgers University, is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), and member of Investments & Wealth Institute.

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