Robert is the founder of RSW Investments. He launched his career in 1985 managing municipal bond mutual funds for Merrill Lynch. In the early 1990’s Rob was tapped by Van Kampen American Capital to launch and manage their Municipal Bond Separately Managed Account program. Years later, Rob also marketed and managed 10 different closed-end municipal bond funds. In the late 1990’s Rob joined Deerfield Capital Management LLC, where he pioneered one of the first hedge funds dedicated to utilizing sophisticated municipal bond arbitrage strategies. Rob moved to Prudential Investment Management in 2000 to manage their flagship National and High Yield Municipal Bond Funds. A year later, Rob assumed the management responsibility for all of the municipal bond portfolios and Insurance Company assets totaling approximately $4 billion. Employing strategies developed over a decade ago, he also launched, managed, and marketed a separate account municipal bond program. Rob received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University.
Matthew is Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager for RSW’s taxable and tax-exempt fixed income separately managed account strategies. He joined RSW at the firm’s inception in 2005. Matthew assists Robert Waas, CEO/CIO in setting investment strategy and is responsible for managing asset allocation and portfolio risk attributes in terms of duration, yield curve, state, and sector exposure. Previously, he worked alongside Mr. Waas at Prudential Investment Management and developed sophisticated municipal bond risk management applications and tools to track and identify relative value opportunities in the marketplace. He has over 15 years of investment experience and received a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Delaware, with minors in Economics and Management Information Systems / Decision Support Systems. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of CFA Society New York.
Mark joined RSW Investments as Director of Municipal Research in April 2010 from at Moody’s Investors Service, where he was a Vice President and Senior Analyst in the state and high profile group. Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of municipal bond research and strategy. He spent the majority of his career, to date, at Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter where he was an Executive Director responsible for municipal research with particular emphasis on individual high net-worth accounts. Prior experiences also include JP Morgan Investment Management and Private Banking where he was Vice President for municipal research and Radian Asset Assurance where he was vice president for market development. Mark is a past president and treasurer of the Municipal Analyst Group of New York and served on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He is a recipient of various peer-voted industry awards. Mark has a B.A. in History from Queens College and a MBA in Finance from the Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Mark joined RSW Investments as Senior Trader in March 2016. Mark has extensive experience evaluating municipal securities for purchase and sales for both retail and institutional clients. The majority of Mark’s 25+ year career was with Charles Schwab, where he held multiple positions within the fixed income department and ultimately progressed to a senior municipal bond trader. In addition to Schwab, Mark worked for Sumridge Partners LLC as a registered Principal and Head of Municipal Trading and Underwriting. Additional prior experiences include Prudential Securities, R. Seelaus and Securevest Financial. Mark received a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Randy joined RSW Investments in August 2008. Randy performs in-depth portfolio attribution analysis, analyzes the yield curve and municipal to treasury relationship to identify relative value opportunities. He also conducts client portfolio reviews along with horizon and keep/sell analysis. He began his career as a research analyst with Ipreo, where his municipal bond related responsibilities were diverse. Randy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.
Andrew joined RSW Investments in August 2015. Andrew is responsible for surveillance of existing holdings, noting trends and material changes on a timely basis as well as communicating any changes to portfolio managers, senior analyst and trading professionals. His role at RSW began as an Operations Associate where his duties included assisting in verifying the in-house trade log against broker/dealer records, resolving trade issues, reviewing and reconciling cash positions and transactions with the custodial banks, and interfacing daily with the broker/dealer community. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kean University.
Tess joined RSW Investments in April 2007. In her tenure with RSW, Tess has developed controls and spearheaded a number of forensic audits, including RSW’s performance, trade allocation and best execution. She has assisted in the development of RSW’s reconciliation, trade support, and proprietary risk management applications. She began her career as a System Administrator with Spartan Technologies, LLC performing a myriad of technical and analytical functions. She worked closely with Traders and financial exchanges to develop customized solutions for complex issues utilizing her technical experience with programming languages such as Java/C++, PERL, and SQL. She also performed comprehensive quality assurance testing on new versions of trading software prior to production release. Tess holds a dual Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Computer Science and Psychology, and received her IACCP® designation in August 2019.
Jeff joined RSW Investments in September 2015. Jeff responds to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and analyzes holdings to prepare reports for the investment management team and financial advisors. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Jim joined RSW Investments in January 2017. Jim interfaces daily with financial advisors, providing ongoing support with client accounts. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.