Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> November 26, 2003

Investing In Reits: Merrill Ross – Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc

Ross, Merrill
Merrill Ross is an experienced Senior Analyst, currently covering the housing and housing finance industries at BGB Securities, Inc. Prior to joining BGB Securities, Inc., in early 2009, she spent almost 12 years at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, where she headed research into specialty commercial finance companies and mortgage REITs, and was Lead Analyst on over $7.5 billion of capital raised for such companies. Ms. Ross was previously head of financial institution research with Wheat First Butcher Singer, and was part of the FIG team at Credit Suisse First Boston and Salomon Brothers over the course of her 20-plus-year career. She was also affiliated with Ranieri Wilson & Co., a merchant banking company, and IBCA, an international bank credit rating agency. Ms. Ross received a B.A. in chemistry from Barnard College and an MBA from Pace University. She was recognized as a top stock picker in the 2003 "Best on the Street" survey in The Wall Street Journal. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a quick overview of your coverage?

Ms. Ross: I cover about 30 REITs. Eight of them are apartment REITs,

seven are industrial REITs, six are triple-net-lease REITs,