Forisk Hires Director of Equity Research

3 06 2010

We are thrilled to announce that Neena Mishra has joined our team as Director of Equity Research.  Neena brings twenty years of experience in equity research and fixed income analysis, risk management and central banking.  In addition, she has conducted research on public timber REITs and capital structure in the forest products industry.  For example, she co-authored with Dr. Tim Sydor, our forest economist, and with me the first peer-reviewed study of public timber REITs, “Investor Responses to Timberlands Structured as Real Estate Investment Trusts.”  The results were published in the Journal of Forestry in 2008.

Our Equity Research Program has grown with the increased demand for independent and comparative analysis of timberland investment vehicles.  Today, multiple timberland investment managers use the Forisk Timber REIT (FTR) Index as a public-sector benchmark for private timberland investments.  In July, we will relaunch Forisk Finance (formerly the Timber REIT Report) to provide on-going, bi-quarterly analysis of timberland investments, timber REITs and forest economics.  In October, Neena will initiate our coverage of public timber REITs.

I look forward to introducing many of you to Neena in the near future.  Not only does she possess rigorous analytical skills, she brings the sense of ownership you look for from successful researchers.  In addition, she is an excellent teacher and will support our “Applied Forest Finance” and “Valuing Timber REITs” courses on August 4th in Atlanta.

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