MARY ANN BARTELS is Chief U.S. Market Analyst and head of the U.S. Technical and Market Analysis team within the Investment Strategy Group for Merrill Lynch. She brings over 20 years of investment experience to this role and is well known by clients and business partners for developing various proprietary models for equity pairs trading and for her sector, industry and stock selection. Mary Ann is also known for her extensive work on Hedge Funds. Mary Ann is the lead analyst on research publications such as Market Analysis Comment and Monthly Chart Portfolio of Global Markets. Mary Ann rejoined Merrill Lynch in 1999 working with the European Quantitative Strategy Team, and she became head of Global Equity Trading Research Strategy in 2001. Prior to rejoining Merrill Lynch, Mary Ann held portfolio manager positions at Batterymarch in Boston and Avatar/Zweig Associates in New York. Mary Ann has been voted to the Institutional Investor All-American Research team for the past two years. She appears on CNBC and Bloomberg and is often quoted in various publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Mary Ann earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from Fordham University.