Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> April 4, 2001

Financial Services: Jacqueline Reeves / Neal Epstein – Putnam Lovell Securities Inc

NEAL M. EPSTEIN is an Equity Analyst at Putnam Lovell Securities, Inc., focusing on publicly-traded asset management companies as well as companies in other industries with significant asset management activities. He has also served as an Investment Banking Associate, gaining experience in financial and deal analysis, due diligence, and transaction execution within the investment management industry. He has participated in the analysis and due diligence efforts on various transactions while at Putnam Lovell. Prior to joining Putnam Lovell in 1995, Mr. Epstein was an Assistant Vice President at Yamaichi Securities & Co., Ltd.'s New York subsidiary in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Groups. Earlier he worked in Morgan Stanley & Co.'s Tax Exempt Securities Department on the development of models to support new refunding products. He was an assistant economist in Marine Midland Bank's Department of International Economics, where he participated in the analysis and forecasting of debtor nations' external accounts. Mr. Epstein graduated from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, earning a Master of Business Administration Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Asian Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. He is a Level III candidate for the CFA designation. Profile
JACQUELINE REEVES, Managing Director of Ryan Beck & Co., has more than 12 years of analytical experience and has spent the majority of her career following mid-cap regional banks across the United States. Prior to joining Ryan Beck, she was Director of Research for Putnam Lovell NBF Securities, Inc., and also served as Managing Director of Mid-Cap Regional Commercial Banks. Prior to joining Putnam Lovell in 1999, she served as a Vice President, covering regional banks with Salomon Smith Barney and Janney Montgomery Scott. Earlier in her career, she served as a junior analyst with CSFB and NM Rothschild. She received a BS degree from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Profile
TWST: Overall, what are the key issues to focus on for the financial

services companies as we preview the next 12 months?

Ms. Reeves: The group should continue to consolidate and converge,