Mortgage-Bond Analyst Goodman Leaves Amherst for Policy Group

Laurie Goodman, the Fixed Income Analysts Society’s Hall of Fame member who specializes in mortgage bonds, left Amherst Securities Group LP this month.

Goodman, whose last day at the firm was Sept. 6, is becoming the director of the Urban Institute’s new Housing Finance Policy Center, she said in an automated response to e-mails. She had earlier joined the Washington-based nonprofit organization that studies social and economic issues as a part-time senior fellow, according to a June statement.

“Over the past few years, I have developed an interest in public policy issues related to housing finance, and I have decided to pursue that full time,” she said today in a separate e-mail.

Goodman joined Amherst in 2008 after serving as UBS AG’s head of fixed-income research, and has since testified before Congress on issues related to the collapse of the U.S. mortgage market, often highlighting the conflicts of interest among the largest banks involved in the business.

At the time she joined Austin, Texas-based Amherst, she had garnered more top rankings in annual polls of bond investors by Institutional Investor magazine than any other analyst, according to a statement by the firm then. Earlier, she was an analyst at firms including Paine Webber and Merrill Lynch & Co. She was inducted into the bond research society’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

She told Amherst clients in the note that the firm “remains dedicated to providing strategy support to its customers,” and directed them to Brian Landy for government-backed mortgage bonds and Lidan Yang for the non-agency market.

Amherst Chief Executive Officer Sean Dobson didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The company is retaining her as a special adviser to its board of managers, she said in the e-mail.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Amherst, it is a great firm,” she said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the team at Amherst in this role, and I am excited about the new opportunity at Urban.”

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