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Robert Collins

Director of Municipal Fixed Income

Rob leads the team responsible for municipal fixed income investing as part of Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors’ Fixed Income Group. In this role he oversees credit analysis on municipal fixed income securities and portfolio management of tax-exempt municipal fixed income portfolios for Wilmington Trust’s high-net-worth clients. In addition, Rob is the portfolio manager for the Wilmington Municipal Bond Fund, the Wilmington NY Municipal Bond Fund, and the Wilmington Municipal Bond Common Fund.

Rob first worked at Wilmington Trust from 1982 to 1999, during which time he held several positions of increasing responsibility. He began as a credit analyst and bond trader and progressed to become a tax-exempt fixed income portfolio manager and leader of the tax-exempt fixed income group. Rob also managed cash portfolios and assisted with the expansion of Wealth Advisory Services to support clients in California, Florida, and New York.

Rob then worked for five years as a senior vice president at PNC Financial Corp., in Philadelphia, where he started and co-managed the investment group dedicated to managing municipal bond portfolios for high-net-worth clients. He was also a senior vice president at Delaware Investments in Philadelphia for five years. There, he was a senior portfolio manager of tax-exempt municipal bonds in mutual funds and institutional accounts with approximately $4 billion in assets under management. These portfolios included national and state-specific mandates, intermediate- and long-term funds, and high-yield funds.

Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and earned the CFA® designation in 1987. He is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and a past grader of the CFA exam. Rob is a former member of the Southern Municipal Finance Society and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts. He is also a past president of the Financial Analysts of Wilmington.

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Puerto Rico Title III Filing – Impacts on and off the Island Commonwealth

Robert Collins |
Wilmington Wire

May 9, 2017— Last week, Puerto Rico’s Oversight Board (put in place by the enactment of “PROMESA,” the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act) filed for Title III, which acts like a bankruptcy filing, for the island’s general obligation (GO) and GO-guaranteed debt. Shortly after, the agency that sold billions in Puerto Rico-backed