J.R. Rieger

Vice President, Fixed Income Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices

James R. Rieger is vice president, fixed income indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. As a leader in S&P Dow Jones Indices’ effort to reach into areas of the capital markets beyond traditional equity, J.R. oversees the creation and management of Standard & Poor’s fixed income indices.

With over 29 years of fixed income experience, J.R. leads the development of a growing family of fixed income indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Over the course of the past year, S&P Indices has launched a variety of new fixed income indices under J.R.’s management, which includes a focus on transparency for municipal bonds, leveraged loans, commercial paper, and sovereign debt.

J.R. speaks regularly on various performance benchmarking and attribution topics relating to distressed debt, structured finance, municipal bonds, credit default swaps, and leveraged loans. Leading the way in S&P Indices’ digital space, J.R. currently hosts “The Rieger Report,” a weekly podcast providing a fixed income market recap available on iTunes and www.SPindices.com/munis.

Prior to joining S&P Indices, J.R. was vice president, global evaluations, at Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations, Inc. Active in the financial community, J.R. is a member of the Municipal Bond Club of New York, New York Society of Security Analysts, Municipal Analysts Group of New York, and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.

J.R. holds a B.S. from Widener University and an MBA from Adelphi University.

Author Archives: J.R. Rieger

With Mortgage Defaults Rising Again, is the Underlying Health of Municipalities Getting Weaker?

Canary in the coal mine?  With data from the S&P/Experian Consumer Default Indices showing first mortgage default rates have been ticking upward since September 2012, is this a sign that municipalities may see the weak economic cycle extended?  Read the complete S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices Press Release.

Improving Homebuilders Sector

The S&P/ISDA CDS U.S. Homebuilders Select 10 Index has seen a -45% drop in spread YTD.  For the month this sector led the way moving down an additional 37bps from its August month end value of 226bps.  For a $1 million investment that would be a move of $15,600 (YTD).  This index of a select […]

Is the CDS market signaling a decline in home builder stock prices?

As the cost of buying default protection rises, typically, a reversal of fortunes can be seen in the equity market.  Recent dislocations can be seen in the home builder sector as there has been an increase in the cost of buying default protection without a corresponding decline in equity prices across the sector.    On 2/7/11, Homebuilders CDS […]

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