Akiva Dickstein, Managing Director, is Head of Customized Multi-Sector Portfolios within BlackRock's Global Fixed Income group and a member of the Global Fixed Income executive team. He is also a portfolio manager of BlackRock’s Core Bond Fund. Prior to his current role, he was the lead manager for the firm's mortgage portfolios.
Before joining BlackRock in 2009, Mr. Dickstein spent eight years at Merrill Lynch, where he served as Managing Director and head of the U.S. Rates & Structured Credit Research Group. He was responsible for the team that produced MBS, ABS, CMBS, Treasuries, swaps, and interest rate derivatives research. Mr. Dickstein's publications on MBS strategy included the weekly Mortgage Investor as well as numerous lengthier articles on topics such as optimal loan modifications, the valuation of credit-sensitive MBS and ABS, and the pricing of mortgage derivatives, options, and pass-throughs. In addition, he developed Merrill's prepayment models for fixed rate and hybrid MBS. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Dickstein was with Lehman Brothers, most recently as a Senior Vice President in Mortgage Derivatives Trading. In this role, he traded mortgage derivatives and developed Lehman's credit default model. He joined Lehman as a mortgage and asset-backed securities analyst and was named to Institutional Investor's All American Fixed Income Research Team in pass-throughs, non-agency mortgages, and asset-backed securities.
Mr. Dickstein earned a BA degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Yale University, and an MA degree in physics from Princeton University.