Francis is a Managing Director and the Head of Equity Trading for the Equity teams at MacKay Shields. Francis is also a Lead Portfolio Manager, responsible for the firm’s Passive Equity index strategies including MainStay MacKay S&P 500 Fund. Francis heads the centralized equity trading desk that has extensive experience trading in both US and non-US markets, as well as both long-only and long/short strategies.
Francis joined the firm in 1994 as a Trader. Previously, he managed the trading desk at Monitor Capital Advisors LLC. He has worked in the financial service industry since 1994.
Francis earned a B.S. in Economics from Northeastern University.
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