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Tax Exempt Portfolios Actively Managed Against Broad or State Specific Municipal Benchmarks

Philosophy & Objective
Municipal Fixed Income assignments at Northern Trust are constructed with the goal of generating consistent performance with predictable volatility. We emphasize the objectives of:

  • Preserving principal
  • Generating current income
  • Dampen the volatility of other asset classes
  • Providing liquidity in case of need

Investment Process
We have investment views, but our trading scale and skill allows us to be modest in taking traditional manager bets (duration and credit). We add thoughtful approaches to yield curve, sector, structure & state decisions, yet aiming to end up with portfolios that are often higher quality AND higher return than their benchmarks.

Managing credit risk is the cornerstone of our research process:

  • Strong sell discipline focused on identifying early signs of credit deterioration
  • Separate credit approval process from manager's purchase decision
  • Issuer financials are tracked electronically on a timely basis
  • Individual state analysis identifying macro trends

Investment Style
We incorporate key elements of our relative value style, emphasizing a rigorous security selection process while closely monitoring and controlling portfolio risk relative to a client-selected benchmark.

Active Management
We strive to capitalize on market inefficiencies to maximize total return - both income return and price appreciation:

  • The process goes beyond credit and interest rate decisions
  • Key value-added factors include yield curve positioning, security selection/structure decisions, and sector/state analysis

Disciplined Risk Controls
We believe a comprehensive portfolio review process combined with a key understanding of risk is essential to meet our  investment objectives:

  • Risk exposure guidelines established
  • Daily monitoring of duration, sector concentration, and credit quality

Fundamental Research
We combine original credit and macroeconomic research with experience and judgment in the development of portfolio structure and characteristics:

  • Both issuer credit and enhancement (insurance) providers are evaluated
  • The structural risk of each security is evaluated and actively monitored

Flexible Structures
Northern Trust's capabilities can be delivered as separate accounts or mutual fund vehicles.

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Doug Brown is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Western United States, Doug partners with registered investment advisors and financial intermediary advisor relationships by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their practices. Doug has more than18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE). More recently, Doug has held positions within several distribution channels at ING Funds and Cavanal Hill Funds. Doug is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses.

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Business Development Executive - Northeast
 

John Cecchino is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive, John collaborates with registered investment advisors and financial intermediaries in the Northeast. An experienced investment management industry professional, John began his career in 2002. Before joining Northern Trust, he was a Regional Consultant at Thornburg Investment Management. John has held external, hybrid, and internal sales positions at UBS Asset Management, Tocqueville Asset Management, and Principal Financial Group. He earned a BA in Public Relations & Advertising from The Pennsylvania State University and currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

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Business Development Executive - Southeast
 

Fernando Muñoz is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Southeast, Fernando partners with registered investment advisors and financial advisors by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their business. Fernando has more than 25 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He was later recruited for leadership positions at Smith Barney where he served as a National Training Officer, Sales Manager and Consulting Group Regional Director. More recently, Fernando was a Regional Director at Davis Advisors, a privately held money management firm based in New York. He was responsible for marketing mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Fernando graduated in Finance from University of Texas at Arlington and received his Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMA) designation from Wharton Graduate School of Business. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 8, and 66 securities licenses.

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Cody Poirier is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Midwest, Cody is primarily responsible for RIA and financial intermediary advisor relationships. Cody has more than a decade of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Cody was Vice President with PAX World Investments responsible for institutional and intermediary business development in the Midwest; a Regional Vice President with Invesco in the Northeast; an internal associate with Calamos Investments in Naperville; and an Equity Trader with Great Point Capital in Chicago. Cody earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Cody holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses.
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Matt is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Matt is responsible for new business development and client service. He has more than 18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Matt was the Divisional Vice President and Regional Director for Aria Retirement Solutions. He also spent 10 years at Brinker Capital, where he began as an Investment Consultant, and later became the Regional Director for the Southeast Territory. Matt was a financial Advisor for 5 ½ years at AXA Equitable and began his career with Vanguard helping DC Plan participants. Matt holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Additionally, Matt is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and was awarded its Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2007.
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Business Development Executive - West
 

Doug Brown is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Western United States, Doug partners with registered investment advisors and financial intermediary advisor relationships by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their practices. Doug has more than18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE). More recently, Doug has held positions within several distribution channels at ING Funds and Cavanal Hill Funds. Doug is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses.

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Business Development Executive - Northeast
 

John Cecchino is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive, John collaborates with registered investment advisors and financial intermediaries in the Northeast. An experienced investment management industry professional, John began his career in 2002. Before joining Northern Trust, he was a Regional Consultant at Thornburg Investment Management. John has held external, hybrid, and internal sales positions at UBS Asset Management, Tocqueville Asset Management, and Principal Financial Group. He earned a BA in Public Relations & Advertising from The Pennsylvania State University and currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

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Fernando Muñoz, CIMA®

Business Development Executive - Southeast
 

Fernando Muñoz is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Southeast, Fernando partners with registered investment advisors and financial advisors by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their business. Fernando has more than 25 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He was later recruited for leadership positions at Smith Barney where he served as a National Training Officer, Sales Manager and Consulting Group Regional Director. More recently, Fernando was a Regional Director at Davis Advisors, a privately held money management firm based in New York. He was responsible for marketing mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Fernando graduated in Finance from University of Texas at Arlington and received his Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMA) designation from Wharton Graduate School of Business. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 8, and 66 securities licenses.

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Business Development Executive - Midwest
 
Cody Poirier is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Midwest, Cody is primarily responsible for RIA and financial intermediary advisor relationships. Cody has more than a decade of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Cody was Vice President with PAX World Investments responsible for institutional and intermediary business development in the Midwest; a Regional Vice President with Invesco in the Northeast; an internal associate with Calamos Investments in Naperville; and an Equity Trader with Great Point Capital in Chicago. Cody earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Cody holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses.
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Business Development Executive - Mid-Atlantic
 
Matt is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Matt is responsible for new business development and client service. He has more than 18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Matt was the Divisional Vice President and Regional Director for Aria Retirement Solutions. He also spent 10 years at Brinker Capital, where he began as an Investment Consultant, and later became the Regional Director for the Southeast Territory. Matt was a financial Advisor for 5 ½ years at AXA Equitable and began his career with Vanguard helping DC Plan participants. Matt holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Additionally, Matt is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and was awarded its Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2007.
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Frank Szymanek is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. He is an Business Development Executive responsible for market development across the financial intermediary channel and supports the sales and relationship management efforts for sub-advisory and insurance clients. Frank has more than 25 years of investment industry experience and joined Northern Trust in 1994. Previously he was a senior product manager responsible for developing, positioning and servicing fixed income products. He was also a manager of the firm’s institutional client servicing team, and has held a variety of roles including new business development, relationship management and as a portfolio specialist.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Frank worked at First Chicago Bank, American National Bank and KPMG Peat Marwick. He earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and economics from Elmhurst College and a JD from John Marshall Law School. Frank is also a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and a CIMA (Certified Investment Management Analyst). He holds FINRA Series 7, Series 3, Series 63 and Series 24 securities licenses.

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Business Development Executive - West
 

Doug Brown is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Western United States, Doug partners with registered investment advisors and financial intermediary advisor relationships by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their practices. Doug has more than18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE). More recently, Doug has held positions within several distribution channels at ING Funds and Cavanal Hill Funds. Doug is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds FINRA Series 7, Series 63, and Series 65 licenses.

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John Cecchino

Business Development Executive - Northeast
 

John Cecchino is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive, John collaborates with registered investment advisors and financial intermediaries in the Northeast. An experienced investment management industry professional, John began his career in 2002. Before joining Northern Trust, he was a Regional Consultant at Thornburg Investment Management. John has held external, hybrid, and internal sales positions at UBS Asset Management, Tocqueville Asset Management, and Principal Financial Group. He earned a BA in Public Relations & Advertising from The Pennsylvania State University and currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

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Fernando Muñoz, CIMA®

Business Development Executive - Southeast
 

Fernando Muñoz is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Southeast, Fernando partners with registered investment advisors and financial advisors by identifying investment solutions to help support and grow their business. Fernando has more than 25 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, his career began as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. He was later recruited for leadership positions at Smith Barney where he served as a National Training Officer, Sales Manager and Consulting Group Regional Director. More recently, Fernando was a Regional Director at Davis Advisors, a privately held money management firm based in New York. He was responsible for marketing mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Fernando graduated in Finance from University of Texas at Arlington and received his Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMA) designation from Wharton Graduate School of Business. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 8, and 66 securities licenses.

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Business Development Executive - Midwest
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Business Development Executive - Midwest
 
Cody Poirier is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Midwest, Cody is primarily responsible for RIA and financial intermediary advisor relationships. Cody has more than a decade of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Cody was Vice President with PAX World Investments responsible for institutional and intermediary business development in the Midwest; a Regional Vice President with Invesco in the Northeast; an internal associate with Calamos Investments in Naperville; and an Equity Trader with Great Point Capital in Chicago. Cody earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MBA in Finance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Cody holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses.
Matt Radano, CIMA®

Matt Radano, CIMA®

Business Development Executive - Mid-Atlantic
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Matt Radano, CIMA®

Matt Radano, CIMA®

Business Development Executive - Mid-Atlantic
 
Matt is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Matt is responsible for new business development and client service. He has more than 18 years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Matt was the Divisional Vice President and Regional Director for Aria Retirement Solutions. He also spent 10 years at Brinker Capital, where he began as an Investment Consultant, and later became the Regional Director for the Southeast Territory. Matt was a financial Advisor for 5 ½ years at AXA Equitable and began his career with Vanguard helping DC Plan participants. Matt holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Additionally, Matt is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and was awarded its Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2007.
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Emily Meyer

Business Development Executive – North
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Emily Meyer

Business Development Executive – North
 

Emily Meyer is a Vice President and Business Development Executive at Northern Trust Asset Management. In her role, Emily is responsible for the firms' relationships with bank trust institutions located in the Northern United States. Emily has more than 13 years of investment industry experience.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Emily was a Vice President with two boutique investment management firms, one focused on currency strategies and the other on tactical asset allocation portfolios. At both firms, Emily's role was focused on building distribution infrastructure as well as raising capital for their respective asset management products.

In line with her current responsibilities, Emily began her career at Fidelity Investments where she worked with Bank Trust institutions and Registered Investment Advisors across the country. Emily holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN and an MBA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Emily is a member of the Women in ETFs global leadership team, a women's networking organization in the exchange traded fund industry. She currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

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Tom Nussbaum

Business Development Executive – South
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Tom Nussbaum

Business Development Executive – South
 

Tom Nussbaum is a Vice President at Northern Trust Asset Management. As the Business Development Executive for the Banking Channel covering the Southern half of the United States, Tom partners with bank trust departments and investment areas to develop solutions that help them meet the needs of their client's.

Tom has more than 23 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust, he has served in the roles of a BDO, SVP Senior Wealth Management Officer running a Community Bank Trust Department and most recently as a Regional Director for Forward/Salient. Tom is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame, he holds his series 7 and Series 63 licenses.

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