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Demand for Muni Analysts Peaking

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Wealth management, risk, compliance, mortgage and IT – those are the only sectors on Wall Street that are hiring, right? Not so. Demand for municipal market analysts is on the rise, and so is the pay.

The downgrading of bond insurers linked to the subprime-mortgage collapse – along with recent bankruptcy filings by local governments – has contributed to a hazy bond market, creating a need for analysts who can help money managers surf through the breakers, according to Bloomberg.

BlackRock, Franklin Advisers, and Vanguard have all been adding to their muni staff, according to the report. One Minneapolis-based search firm reported placing seven senior muni analysts in the past year. Other firms are following suit.

And due to the dearth of experienced talent available, salaries among muni analysts are on the rise, even as most financial firms are cutting compensation costs. In some situations, salaries for have more than doubled since the financial crisis, a recruiter told Bloomberg.

With the market not clearing up anytime soon, expect the hiring to continue for some time.

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