Jim Keller, CFO for College Ave Student Loans, will be a featured panelist at Opal Group’s Public Funds Summit to be held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona. Keller’s panel is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 at 2 pm. The panel discussion will center on the fixed income market and its opportunities, inefficiencies and performance.

The Public Funds Summit is an annual event that offers a unique opportunity for public pension fund officials to exchange ideas and learn from other members as well as professional money managers and industry experts. Public pension funds have come under pressure in recent years as funding concerns and declining returns have led many pension plans to reexamine the role of risk and investment returns in meeting the fund obligations. Attendees can expect a spirited exchange of ideas from members and experts for addressing these concerns.

Deep Experience in Fixed Income Markets

Keller brings extensive knowledge and experience in the financial markets to the panel discussion. Prior to joining College Ave Student Loans, Keller spent 25 years in the financial industry, most recently as a senior managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. He headed the Structured Products Group where he oversaw secondary trading and primary origination of structured credit products.

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College Ave a Leading Innovator in Student Loan Financing

In making the change to Wilmington-based College Ave Student Loans, Keller feels that fintech companies are uniquely positioned to leverage opportunities in the fixed income and credit markets. Although the company is less than three years old, it has taken a leadership position in private student loans and student loan refinancing. Its rapid market acceptance is due to its innovations in loan applications, processing and repayment options. The company touts its simpler and more flexible approach to college financing.

The company’s most recent innovation is in student loan refinancing for borrowers who want to lower their monthly payment and save on their long-term costs. College Ave targets borrowers with good credit and at least $5,000 or more in debt. What makes its refinancing product stand out is the flexibility in its repayment terms. Borrowers can choose any term between five and 15 years to best match their ability to pay.