Christopher B. Muir, Equity Analyst, joined the S&P Capital IQ Equity Research Department in 2005. He covers gas utilities, multiutilities and independent power producers. Until October 2006, he covered regional banks for S&P’s U.S. Equity Research. Prior to joining, Mr. Muir was a Fixed Income Analyst at ABN AMRO, where he analyzed investment-grade debt of consumer product companies for two years, and was a sell side Analyst at UBS Warburg/PaineWebber, Inc., analyzing equities in the electric utility sector for six years. Mr. Muir serves on the Portfolio Selection Committee and separately participates in the selection of stocks for the PowerPicks and other portfolios. He also has participated in the development and improvement of S&P’s ETF reports product. Mr. Muir graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in business administration, with concentrations in both finance and accounting, from the University of Vermont. He received the Malcolm F. Severance Award for excellence in the field of finance at the university.