Director of Research
As head of Hovde Group’s Equity Research Department, Mr. Rabatin leads a team responsible for coverage of the U.S. regional and community bank sector. In addition to serving as Head of Research, Mr. Rabatin maintains coverage of regional and community bank stocks throughout the United States. Mr. Rabatin has been on the sell-side since 1998, having worked for Piper Jaffray & Co, Sterne Agee, FTN Midwest and JC Bradford. Prior experience also includes an analyst position with Mercer Capital focusing on transaction advisory and valuation services for financial institutions.
Mr. Rabatin was recognized as the number-one stock picker in The Wall Street Journal’s Best on The Street survey for banks and thrifts in 2002, among 97 analysts, and recognized as number two overall, all sectors, in 2003 in Forbes and StarMine. He was also the number-one earnings estimator in 2013 and number two in 2004 and 2011 within the bank/thrift sector. Mr. Rabatin is frequently interviewed by industry and other news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and American Banker. Mr. Rabatin graduated with a Bachelor degree in Finance from the University of Memphis, is a CFA Charterholder, and holds the following FINRA licenses: 7, 63, 86, and 87.