Mick Brown, an asset-backed commercial paper analyst whose affable demeanor impressed the industry as much as his grasp of the market he covered, died on Friday, Jan. 5. He was 46. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

Brown joined Fitch Ratings in April 2006. Although he spent less than one year at the firm, he was known in the ABCP sector long before that. He worked at Charles Schwab Investment Management, in San Francisco for eight years, where he was a buy-side credit analyst and supported the firm's money market, bond and municipal funds. He did credit analysis of ABCP programs, as well as international and domestic financial institutions.

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