Certified Financial Planner™
Chartered Financial Analyst®
- Level I: Focuses on a basic knowledge of the ten topic areas and simple analysis using investment tools
- Level II: Emphasizes the application of investment tools and concepts with a focus on the valuation of all types of assets
- Level III: Focuses on synthesizing all of the concepts and analytical methods in a variety of applications for effective portfolio management and wealth planning
Accredited Investment Fiduciary
In addition to overseeing Pure’s investment offering and platform, Brian works closely with Pure’s financial advisors, helping provide them with the tools and resources necessary to serve their clients and continue the firm’s mission of providing the highest quality financial education and planning to as many people as possible. He has been actively involved in the financial markets for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Pure Financial Advisors, Brian worked for Charles Schwab as the Director of Income Solutions, where he was responsible for advisor education, as well as, providing subject matter expertise and advice around the financial markets and income generation. Earlier in his career, he worked as an institutional portfolio manager for a multi-billion-dollar money management firm, and as a fixed income trader for several investment banks.
Brian has written and published widely, has presented at hundreds of seminars and conferences, and has appeared on TV and radio. His newest book Ignore the Hype: Financial Strategies Beyond the Media-Driven Mayhem was released in 2020. Ignore the Hype emphasizes the difference between short-term trading and long-term investing, how to filter the constant onslaught of information coming your way from every angle and separate the valuable content from the noise, and how to build a foundation for investment success based on common sense and academic research. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Villanova University, an MBA in international business from National University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
During his free time, Brian enjoys traveling, outdoor sports, and writing fiction, as well as spending time with his family
Brian's Latest Contributions
Most investors hold bonds for safety, diversification, and income. In fact, you’ve probably read or been told that you should hold stocks for growth and bonds for safety. There is logic to that advice; bonds have historically been much less volatile than stocks and historically have provided ballast during stormy markets. That concept might leave […]
The first eight months of 2022 have been tough for investors. Stock indexes around the world have declined by double digits, while historically safe bonds have suffered their worst performance in decades. Eventually, markets will resume their upward trend, but unfortunately, no one knows exactly when that time will come, and furthermore, no one can […]
With the consumer price index at forty-year highs, this is a good time to take a look at what types of investments might make sense in an inflationary environment. Before diving in, though, it’s important to note that there are no foolproof methods to avoid short-term surprises. The bottom line is that if inflation readings […]