Tax-Efficient

Madison Tax-Efficient strategies consists of both laddered and actively managed short-to-intermediate fixed income offerings. Common across all of our Tax-Efficient strategies is our thorough investment process implemented by our experienced team.

Client portfolios are methodically constructed using bottom-up analysis seeking an appropriate balance between creditworthiness, diversification, structure, valuation and liquidity. Individual bonds meeting specified criteria are purchased using best execution.

Strategies are led by Jeffrey Matthias and Michael Peters.


Municipal Bond Ladders

Municipal bond ladders in three maturity structures (0-5 year, 0-10 year and 0-15 year) with diversified maturities throughout the portfolio.

Strategy Overview

Tax-Advantaged Income

Portfolio of investment grade securities consisting of at least 50% federally tax-exempt municipal bonds with maturities ranging between 0 to 12 years, and up to 50% investment grade U.S. Treasury, agency or corporate bonds with maturities ranging between 0 to 5 years.

Strategy Overview

Municipal Bond

Municipal bond strategy that invests in investment grade federally tax-exempt securities of state, local and revenue bonds generally having a maturity range between 0 to 22 years and a duration range between 0 to 10 years.

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Intermediate Municipal Bond

Municipal bond strategy that invests in investment grade securities of state, local and other municipalities generally having a maturity range of 0-12 years and a duration range of 3-5 years.


Limited Duration Municipal Bond

Municipal bond strategy that invests in investment grade federally tax-exempt securities of state, local and revenue bonds generally having a maturity range between 0 to 7 years and a duration range between 2 to 4 years.


Paul Lefurgey, CFA®
CEO, Co-Head of Fixed Income, Portfolio Manager
Mike Sanders, CFA®
Co-Head of Fixed Income, Portfolio Manager
William Fain
Insurance Portfolio Manager
Steve Cherrier, CFA®
Insurance Portfolio Manager
Jeffrey Matthias, CFA®, CIPM®
Portfolio Manager
Michael Peters, CFA®
Portfolio Manager
Donald Miller, CFA®
Head of Insurance Solutions, Insurance Portfolio Manager
Chris Nisbet, CFA®
Portfolio Manager
Allen Olson, CFA®
Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Greg Poplett, CFA®
Portfolio Manager
Chris Schroeder
Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Alan Shepard, CFA®
Portfolio Manager/Analyst
Alyssa Johnson
Insurance Investment Analyst
Michael Massel, CFA®
Fixed Income Analyst

Paul Lefurgey, CFA®

CEO, Co-Head of Fixed Income, Portfolio Manager
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Paul, CFA, serves as Co-Head of Fixed Income for Madison and is the Chief Executive Officer. Paul has been working in the financial services industry since 1989 and joined Madison in 2005. He earned his B.A. in accounting from Michigan State University. Paul is a member of the Investment Strategy Committee.

Mike Sanders, CFA®

Co-Head of Fixed Income, Portfolio Manager
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Mike, CFA, serves as a Co-Head of Fixed Income and portfolio manager for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in credit research. Mike has been working in the financial services industry since 2004 and joined Madison in 2013. He earned his BBA in finance from St. Norbert College, M.S. in economics from Marquette University and a MBA in analytical finance and accounting from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

William Fain

Insurance Portfolio Manager
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Bill joined Madison Scottsdale in 2002 and brings almost three decades of experience managing taxable and tax-advantaged portfolios for insurance companies. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University. Bill previously held the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management at a large, multi-line insurance consortium where he managed various affiliated company and external insurance client portfolios and spent several years prior to that managing the treasury operations for a regional property and casualty insurance company.

Steve Cherrier, CFA®

Insurance Portfolio Manager
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Steve, CFA, has over 35 years investment management experience in managing insurance company, bank and trust fixed income portfolios. For the past 24 years he was the Chief Investment Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, where he managed over $4 billion in assets. He has considerable experience in insurance company asset allocation, risk analysis, regulatory and total return management. He holds a BS degree in Finance from St. Cloud University and holds the CFA designation. Steve has served as an officer and board member in the North Carolina Financial Analyst Society and President of the BCBSNC Credit Union.

Jeffrey Matthias, CFA®, CIPM®

Portfolio Manager
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Jeff, CFA, CIPM, serves as a portfolio manager and analyst for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in tax-exempt municipal bond portfolios. Jeff has been working in the financial services industry since 1987 and joined Madison in 2011. He earned his B.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Michael Peters, CFA®

Portfolio Manager
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Mike, CFA, serves as a portfolio manager and analyst for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in taxable and tax-free strategies. Mike has been working in the financial services industry since 1987 and joined Madison in 1997. He earned his B.S. in business administration from Valparaiso and his MBA from Indiana University.

Donald Miller, CFA®

Head of Insurance Solutions, Insurance Portfolio Manager
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Don, CFA, joined our firm with over 20 years of insurance company and bank investment management experience. Mr. Miller managed both the fixed income and equity portfolios for Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company for 15 years prior to joining Madison Scottsdale. He also previously served as an investment officer and portfolio manager for Bank One Investment Advisors in Central Illinois. Don currently holds the CFA designation and has an MBA from Bradley University in addition to his undergraduate degree in Finance from Creighton University and a General Banking degree from the University of Illinois.

Chris Nisbet, CFA®

Portfolio Manager
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Chris, CFA, serves as a portfolio manager for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in government and corporate bond portfolios. Chris has been working in the financial services industry since 1990 and joined Madison in 1992. He earned his B.S. in economics and M.S. in finance and investments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Allen Olson, CFA®

Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Allen, CFA, serves as a portfolio manager and analyst for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in corporate-only and credit research. Allen has been working in the financial services industry since 1998 and joined Madison in 2002. He earned his B.S. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and M.S. in management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Greg Poplett, CFA®

Portfolio Manager
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Greg, serves as a portfolio manager for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in government and corporate bond portfolios. Greg has been working in the financial services industry since 1983 and joined Madison in 2004. He earned his B.S. in business administration from Illinois State University and his MBA from Western Illinois University.

Chris Schroeder

Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Chris serves as a portfolio manager and credit analyst for Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in high yield. Chris has been working in the financial services industry since 1997 and joined Madison in 2015. He earned his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA from Edgewood College.

Alan Shepard, CFA®

Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Alan, CFA, serves as a portfolio manager and credit analyst on Madison’s Fixed Income Team, specializing in corporate only and credit research. Alan has been working in the financial services industry since 1988 and joined Madison in 2011. He earned his B.S. in finance and economics from the University of Delaware and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the Applied Security Analysis Program.

Alyssa Johnson

Insurance Investment Analyst
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Alyssa joined the Madison Investments organization in 2003 and serves as an insurance portfolio analyst for the Madison Fixed Income Team. Alyssa also supports the financial analysis process of our insurance company clients in the development of their investment strategy and serves as the statutory investment accounting and reporting liaison for the firm. Alyssa holds a B.S. in Business Management from Arizona State University. She began her insurance career with Marsh & McClennan where she focused on large commercial and industrial projects.

Michael Massel, CFA®

Fixed Income Analyst
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Michael, CFA, serves as an analyst for Madison’s Fixed Income Team. Michael has been working in the financial services industry since 2012 and joined Madison in 2017. He earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.

“Madison” and/or “Madison Investments” is the unifying tradename of Madison Investment Holdings, Inc., Madison Asset Management, LLC (“MAM”), and Madison Investment Advisors, LLC (“MIA”), which also includes the Madison Scottsdale office. Hansberger Growth Investors, L.P. or “HGI” is an affiliate of “Madison Investments.” MAM, MIA and HGI are registered as investment advisers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Madison Funds are distributed by MFD Distributor, LLC. MFD Distributor, LLC is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a broker-dealer, and is a member firm of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The home office for each firm listed above is 550 Science Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Madison’s toll-free number is 800-767-0300.

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