George Friedlander is a Managing Director and Chief Municipal Strategist with Citigroup Investment Research and Analysis. Mr. Friedlander is widely recognized as a leader in the municipal bond marketplace.. He is frequently quoted in the financial press on his ideas related to trends and investment patterns in the municipal bond market. He joined Smith Barney, a predecessor firm, in 1975. He has a BS in Math from the State University at Stony Brook and an MBA With Distinction in Finance from Pace University.Mr. Friedlander has been ranked as one of the top 3 municipal strategists by Institutional Investor for 16 of the 18 years for which I. I. has had a Fixed Income All-America team. George and his team were ranked #1 by Institutional Investor in Municipal Market Strategy in 2011 and #2 in 2012and 2013. He has been ranked #1 in 2013 by two other polls that specifically target the muni investor universe.� Mr. Friedlander has further been recognized with awards from SIFMA and its predecessor firms, the Bond Market Association and the Public Securities Association, and from the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He was voted the National Federation’s Analyst of the Year in 1989, and received the Chairman’s Contribution Award of the Bond Market Association in 1997. He was a member of SIFMA’s Municipal Executive Committee for roughly 25 years through 2009 and remains an associate member. He is currently actively working with state and local public interest groups on ways to respond to potential threats to the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. He is the Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Municipal Bonds for America Coalition. In 2011 Mr. Friedlander received the Lifetime Achievement Award in a poll of institutional investors by Smith's Research and Gradings.
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