NFMA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS AT 36TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Industry Contribution Award is given to an individual or organization that provides positive influence on the market to increase transparency or promote market effectiveness. The 2019 award recipient, Matt Fabian, has been a diligent researcher and steady commentator on distressed issuers, creating a bully pulpit to ensure that the voice of the market is heard not just on high profile issues like Puerto Rico and Detroit, but many that fall under the radar like Platte County, Missouri. From the Bond Buyer to CBS News and the New York Times, Mr. Fabian is often sought for comments. In a recent Times article on Puerto Rico’s lawsuits against financial institutions involved in their debt program, he stated that the institutions being sued were the same ones that Puerto Rico would seek assistance from in the future, succinctly asking “How do you sue? It’s like going in for a root canal and suing the dentist while you’re still in the chair.”
Matt Fabian is a partner at Municipal Market Analytics (MMA) where he leads market and credit research. Mr. Fabian is the lead contributor MMA’s weekly Municipal Outlook and biweekly Municipal Default Trends. His expansive knowledge of the idiosyncratic characteristics of the municipal market has made him one of the primary voices of the industry. Prior to MMA in 2015, Mr. Fabian served in a similar capacity at Municipal Market Advisors since 2006.Mr. Fabian has also served as lead municipal research analyst for UBS and UBS Wealth Management Research and earlier in his career was an underwriting analyst at FSA, and a municipal rating analyst with Moody’s Investors Service. Mr. Fabian has served as Chairman of the Municipal Analysts Group of New York (MAGNY) and was on the Board of Governors of the NFMA.