Research

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MKM RESEARCH VALUE PROPOSITION

Alpha generation through actionable macro, fundamental and technical analysis.

The goal of MKM’s entire research team is to help our clients generate alpha within their portfolios by providing timely, insightful and actionable proprietary research. By looking at the world from both a top-down and bottom-up approach, we help our clients put all the pieces together for the most complete information to support their decision making process.

Michael Darda
Michael T. Darda
Chief Economist/Chief Strategist
& Director of Research

Michael T. Darda, MKM’s Chief Economist and Market Strategist, is a frequent guest on financial television and radio, especially in times of uncertainty. He is frequently quoted in the WSJ, NYT, Barrons and other financial publications. Having started his career in the Wisconsin state legislature, he understands how the legislative process works and how policy decisions are likely to affect markets.

Darda has been a recurring guest at the prestigious Santa Columba monetary conference put on by Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell. He has also been a guest lecturer at Columbia University, speaking on major market trends that drive markets. A Wisconsin native, Darda graduated with honors in economics and public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Mr. Darda is a purple belt in Brazilian jujitsu under Master Marcio Stambosky. He resides in Connecticut with his two weimaraners and his wife Meg, a healthcare executive.

ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Michael T. Darda, MKM’s Chief Economist and Market Strategist, has a unique approach that combines macroeconomics with market strategy to deliver timely and high-impact actionable insights to clients. His research is designed to guide equity and fixed income investors toward higher risk-adjusted returns by determining where we are in “the cycle” using leading indicators, the credit markets and business cycle history to identify inflection points.

The macro research draws on an eclectic blend of forward-looking indicators and business cycle history to make 6-12 month calls on earnings, GDP, employment, stocks and fixed income markets.

Mr. Darda maintains frequent contact with a Washington D.C. – based contact network. These contacts are utilized to determine how the legislative process and policy decisions are likely to affect the markets and specific economic sectors.

MKM clients have access to the following:

  • MACRO BRIEFS – Timely and high impact daily interpretations of economic data, policies and events.
  • STRATEGY REPORTS – These reports include a macro chart book, domestic investment strategy recommendations, asset allocation ideas and equity sector selections.
  • QUARTERLY CONFERENCE CALLS – Mr. Darda conducts conference calls for clients on a quarterly basis to review major themes and the indicators that drive them.

The research is aimed at relevant and timely events, focusing on themes and ideas that move markets.

Communicating with Clients

Client briefs, reports and papers are distributed via email, fax, and ground mail. Client inquiries are answered by phone or email, depending on the preference of the client. Mr. Darda is available to do conference calls, speaking engagements and meetings upon request.

Michael Darda’s research is forward-looking, actionable and focused. Michael is very accessible and client focused. Most importantly, he has frequently gotten it right where the consensus has gotten it wrong.

Portfolio Manager / Trader
Hedge Fund, New York, NY

For copies of Michael Darda’s most recent research, please contact us at (203) 861-9060.

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INDUSTRY COVERAGE LIST

  • Building Products
  • Communications Equipment
  • Discount Retail
  • Engineering, Mining & Construction
  • Enterprise Software
  • Homebuilding
  • Insurance
  • Internet
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Semiconductors
  • Softlines Retail
  • Sporting Goods Retail
  • Travel & Leisure

FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH

Extensive industry knowledge and insightful analysis drive actionable investment ideas. MKM Partners’ equity research team was designed to address the unmet needs of institutional investors. Our analysts generate company-specific research, and the sector teams also work with our macro, technical, derivatives and event-driven research teams to identify investment ideas.

Our mission is to provide proprietary insights into institutionally relevant companies, and our analysts strive to be thought leaders in their respective industries. To accomplish this mission, our analysts utilize their well-established networks of industry contacts, perform extensive channel checks and generate comprehensive returns-based analysis. The result is tactical stock ratings focused on picking secular winners and losers within consumer and cyclical-based sectors.

As with all of MKM’s research products, the dissemination of the information is timely and actionable.

Please contact your salesperson for current research and/or to schedule a call with one of MKM’s analysts at (203) 861-9060.

MKM is one of the most balanced firms we partner with.  In addition to ranking in the top 3 of our trading desk execution and service vote, MKM has developed a balanced offering of fundamental research, technical analysis, corporate access, and primary survey.  This offering ranks MKM in the top 20 of our research vote.  Overall it is a very comprehensive platform. 

— Global Hedge Fund Trader

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Jonathan Krinsky, CMT
Managing Director / Chief Market Technician

Jonathan joined MKM Partners in November 2013 as the firm’s Chief Market Technician. Previously, he was with Miller Tabak & Company as the Chief Technical Market Analyst from 2012-2013 and Equity Derivatives Research Sales Trader from 2007-2013. Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and was elected as a Class A member of the PGA of America in 2007. Mr. Krinsky is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and BNN Television, and is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Business Insider, among other publications.

TECHNICAL RESEARCH

Jonathan Krinsky, CMT, MKM’s Chief Market Technician, provides clients with actionable technical commentary on U.S. and global equities, commodities, interest rates and currencies. Mr. Krinsky looks at the market on a global basis, taking into account inter-market relationships, sentiment and seasonality, in addition to traditional technical indicators based on price.

Analysis is made on all timeframes to suit the needs of short-term traders as well as traditional institutional investors. Technical research is provided at the index and sector level, working down to single stocks and names under fundamental coverage. Special emphasis is placed on finding precise entry and exit points to enhance returns while limiting risk.

MKM clients have access to the following:

  • MARKET COMMENTARY – Weekly report looking at big picture themes, as well as actionable ideas on the sector and single stock level for the upcoming week.
  • INTRA-DAY COMMENTARY – Constant monitoring of the market landscape from a technical perspective.
  • CUSTOM ANALYSIS – Technical Analysis of client’s portfolio or interest list highlighting key levels and inflection points to help with risk management.

Communicating with Clients

Clients can expect regularly published research to be complemented by individual attention regarding specific areas of interest. Reports and market updates are sent out via email or instant message (IM). Client questions are responded to by e-mail, phone, or IM depending on the preference of the client. Mr. Krinsky is available to do conference calls, speaking engagements, and meetings upon request.

For copies of Jonathan Krinsky’s most recent research, please contact us at (203) 861-9060.

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James Strugger
Managing Director / Equity Derivatives Strategist

Jim Strugger joined MKM Partners in August 2009. Jim was the Equity Derivatives Strategist at Société Générale and a derivative salesperson at Susquehanna International Group prior to joining MKM. He also spent eight years at Morgan Stanley in economics, international equities and domestic equity sales. Jim’s derivatives strategy work has been featured in Barron’s – where he has been a guest columnist and highlighted as “an increasingly influential volatility strategist” – Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Derivatives Week. He has also appeared on CNBC, BNN, Bloomberg TV and Yahoo! Finance. Jim received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

DERIVATIVES RESEARCH

Jim Strugger, MKM’s Derivatives Strategist, presents derivatives structures to manage portfolio risk based on trading ideas across and outside MKM’s coverage universe. Further, the elevation in equity volatility and the advent of tradeable volatility-linked products over the last several years have generated significant interest in the subject among non-traditional options market participants. Jim’s methodology enables him to forecast the U.S. volatility cycle, which he updates regularly in his strategy work.

MKM’s high-touch approach provides clients with customized options market intelligence relevant to their portfolios. This high frequency identification and interpretation of options market activity drives trade ideas for both directional exposure and to manage portfolio risk.

MKM clients have access to the following:

  • DERIVATIVES STRATEGY NOTES – Leverage MKM’s research platform and perform proprietary analysis to develop thematic, event-driven and risk management trade ideas.
  • HIGH FREQUENCY OPTIONS MARKET ANALYSIS – Identify and interpret meaningful options market activity that is relevant to clients’ portfolios, communicated on a high-frequency basis.
  • VOLATILITY STRATEGY UPDATES – Track implied volatility and other options market-derived metrics to guide risk management decisions and drive our outlook for U.S. equities.

Communicating with Clients

Clients can expect regularly published research to be complemented by individual attention regarding specific areas of interest. Mr. Strugger is available via phone and IM to discuss derivative trading ideas with clients.

For copies of Jim Strugger’s most recent research, please contact us at (203) 861-9060.

Important Options Disclosures:

Options are not suitable for all investors as the special risks inherent to option trading may expose investors to potentially rapid and substantial losses. Please read Characteristics & Risks of Standardized Options and discuss with your professional tax, ERISA, legal, accounting, regulatory or other adviser how such particular trade(s) may affect you prior to buying or selling an option.

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EVENT-DRIVEN RESEARCH

MKM Partners’ Event-Driven research team closely follows the universe of event-driven opportunities to generate value-added research and actionable recommendations for clients. Our advice is aimed at enhancing client portfolio returns while helping clients manage and control risk.

Event-Driven Universe

Research from the Event-Driven team covers the following areas:

• Risk arbitrage
• Special situations
• Spin-offs
• Reorganizations and recapitalizations
• Distressed/high yield opportunities
• Closed-end funds
• Convertible opportunities
• Other event-driven opportunities

MKM’s Event-Driven Research Process

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MKM clients have access to the following research:

• Daily event-driven updates
• Specific action/recommendation reports
• New M&A deal sheets
• Reports highlighting notable spread changes
• Weekly summaries of the universe of event-driven opportunities

MKM’s Competitive Edge

Unlike most event-driven research departments, MKM Partners does not engage in proprietary trading, and therefore does not compete with client orders. Further, very few sell-side firms provide clients with specific event-driven investment recommendations. MKM Partners provides clients with customized recommendations and ideas on individual positions, as well as advice to help manage and control portfolio risk.

Our Event-Driven research team has more than 50 years of buy- and sell-side experience and works closely with MKM Partners’ trading desk and sales/traders to offer clients efficient research and execution capability.

For copies of MKM’s most recent Event-Driven research, please contact us at (203) 861-9060.

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