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COVID-19 and Municipal Bonds in 2020

June 22, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Steve Hlavin and Michael Davern of Nuveen will discuss the following:

  • Municipal Bond market sector update/outlook
  • Investment Grade vs High Yield
  • Different ways to invest in muni: CEFs, MFs, SMA, ETFs

Please register for this event and you will receive a calendar invite and access information the morning of the meeting.  

Steven M. Hlavin

Portfolio Manager

Steve is a portfolio manager at Nuveen. As a member of the high yield portfolio management team, Steve is a portfolio manager for the Nuveen Short Duration High Yield Municipal Bond strategy and supports the management of the firm’s other High Yield Municipal Bond portfolios. He oversees a number of state-specific, tax-exempt portfolios including the Kansas Municipal Bond, Louisiana Municipal Bond and Wisconsin Municipal Bond strategies. Steve is also responsible for the tender option bond/inverse floating rate program used by some of the firm’s closed-end and open-end funds. In addition, he manages two closed-end funds that rely on the use of tender option bonds for leverage and co-manages several ETFs.

Steve began his career in the investment industry in 2003 when he joined the firm. Prior to his current position at the firm, he worked as a senior analyst responsible for risk management and performance measurement processes.

Steve graduated with a B.A. in Finance and Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from Miami University. He has been a speaker at the Leveraging Performance Attribution Analysis for Fixed Income Investments Conference series and the Municipal Bond Buyers Conference.

Michael S.  Davern,CFA

Senior Market Strategist

Michael is a senior market strategist at Nuveen. In this role, he supports sales and marketing activity related to all of the firm’s municipal managed money products: open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds and managed accounts. He serves as one of the company’s chief spokespersons on economic issues and investment philosophy, especially related to municipal bond investments and tactical asset allocation. Michael brings a unique perspective as a long-time direct participant in the financial markets.

He began working in the investment industry in 1985 and joined the firm as the head of credit research for predecessor firm Flagship Resources in 1992. Michael has spent most of his career as a portfolio manager of open-and closed-end municipal bond funds, including state specific portfolios for Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as national portfolios. Previously, Michael worked at Van Kampen Merritt as a senior credit analyst. He began his municipal bond career at Fuji Bank.

Michael graduated with an undergraduate degree from Illinois Benedictine University and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the Chicago Municipal Analysts Society and the Association of Investment Management and Research.

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