Guest Speakers:

Veneta Dimitrova

Veneta Dimitrova is the primary person responsible for formulating the U.S. economic outlook and identifying macroeconomic trends, particularly as they relate to developments in U.S. fixed income and equity markets. Veneta’s focus in recent years has been on trends in the labor market, productivity growth, and income inequality.

Prior to joining NDR in 2009, Veneta was an operations research analyst at Miami-based Bayview Lending Group, which is a small-balance commercial real estate originator. She also worked as a research analyst for a global macro hedge fund at Nikko Securities Co. Int’l and for CDC Investment Management Co., both in New York City. Veneta also taught economics and assisted with research at the University of South Florida, while completing the coursework toward a Ph.D. in Economics.

Veneta is a member of the National Association for Business Economics. She received her Masters degree in Economics with honors from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.

Ed Clissold, Chief U.S. Strategist

Ed Clissold and his team are responsible for the firm’s U.S. equity, style, sector and equity theme analysis. They do so via a combination of a top-down analysis of the macroeconomic and fundamental environments and a bottom-up analysis of factors specific to the asset class, market cap, style, sector, or theme. He and his team also provide in-depth macro research on fundamental topics such as earnings, dividends, and cash flow.

Ed writes several U.S. Strategy publications, which provide an intermediate-term outlook on U.S. markets via a combination of top-down and bottom-up analyses. He also writes a quarterly Benchmarks report, which analyzes the attribution of returns across asset classes, sectors, market cap, and styles.

Ed’s market commentary is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and other financial publications.

Ed has held a number of other positions since joining the firm in 2002, including Global Equity Strategist, Senior Global Analyst in the Global Asset Allocation group, and Analyst in the Custom Research Services department. Previously, Ed worked at Strong Capital Management and as a Market Strategist at J.C. Bradford & Co.

Ed is a CFA charterholder, a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Economics from Transylvania University, and has earned his Masters in Business Administration in Finance, with distinction, from Indiana University (Kelley).