BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Hires Ralf Preusser as Head of European Rates Research

Feb 24, 2010, 08:30 ET from BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

LONDON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research today announced that Ralf Preusser will be joining as head of European Rates Research. In this role, Preusser will be responsible for coverage of the developed Europe government bond markets and rates derivatives, providing insights and recommendations for the firm's global client base. Ralf will be based in London and will report to Adam Quinton, head of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Macro Research.

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"Ralf's experience and expertise will enable us to add significant value to our rates clients," said Quinton. "The addition of Ralf to lead our coverage of European rates rounds out the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Rates Research team, which includes Priya Misra, heading U.S. rates research from New York, and Bin Gao, heading Asia Pacific rates research from Hong Kong."

Preusser joins the company from Deutsche Bank where he most recently served as co-head of European Rates Research for five years. He first joined the Deutsche Bank European Rates Research team in 2000. Preusser holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Reporting to Preusser are John Wraith, who will continue to cover U.K. Gilt strategy, and European rates strategy team members Alan Stewart, Sphia Salim and Max Leung.

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