Martin Fridson, CFA


Martin Fridson is “perhaps the most well-known figure in the high yield world,” according to Investment Dealers’ Digest. Over a 25-year span with brokerage firms including Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch, he became known for his innovative work in credit analysis and investment strategy. Fridson received his B.A. cum laude in history from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  He has served as president of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, governor of the Association for Investment Management and Research (now CFA Institute), and director of the New York Society of Security Analysts. The Financial Management Association International named Fridson the Financial Executive of the Year in 2002. In 2000, he became the youngest person ever inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame.  The Boston Globe said his 2006 book, Unwarranted Intrusions: The Case against Government Intervention in the Marketplace, should be short-listed for best business book of the decade.  Joseph Salerno of Pace University said that the book contains more economic insight and sense than all the articles published in 2006 in the American Economic Review.  Fridson’s “How Research from the High-Yield Market Can Enhance Equity Analysis” was the most frequently visited conference proceedings paper on the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute website in 2010.

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