Brian Battle


Brian Battle, director at the Performance Trust Companies, is recognized nationwide as a market expert who provides valuable insight on issues related to liability management, mortgage securities, general market and taxable municipal bonds.

His 30 years of market experience in analyzing, underwriting and trading has proven to be a tremendous asset for the company as well as the industry. As an expert resource, he utilizes his expertise to bring our disciplined analytical approach to the middle markets in the financial industry. Brian is a frequent on-air commentator for CNBC, Fox Business News, National Public Radio, Chicago Tonight and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and numerous online financial news sources. Brian also serves as an Advisor to PT Asset Management LLC.

Brian joined Performance Trust in 2005 as a trader and underwriter. Prior to Performance Trust, he spent a decade at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, Inc. He began his career at American National Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Chicago (JP Morgan). 

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Winona State University in Minnesota and an MBA from DePaul University. He is a past president of the Municipal Bond Club of Chicago and an instructor at the Municipal Bond School in Chicago.