Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI

Brad McMillan, CFA®, CAIA, MAI, is chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, the nation's largest privately held Registered Investment Adviser–independent broker/dealer. As CIO, Brad chairs the investment committee and is the primary spokesperson for Commonwealth’s investment divisions. Brad received his BA from Dartmouth College, an MS from MIT, and an MS from Boston College. He has worked as a real estate developer, consultant, and lender; as an investment analyst, manager, and consultant; and as a start-up executive. His professional qualifications include designated membership in the Appraisal Institute (MAI), the CFA Institute, and the CAIA Association. Brad speaks around the country on investment issues and writes for industry publications, as well as for this blog.
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Is Corporate Debt the Real Risk in the Room?

March 22, 2019

Recently, I’ve had a lot to say about debt. Back in December, at the height of the holiday season, I wrote about consumer debt and concluded that it really wasn’t a significant risk. That’s the good, relatively speaking. Government debt, which I discussed about a month ago, is a bigger risk. That is certainly a problem but not an immediate one. My best guess is that it becomes an immediate problem at some time in the next three to five years. That’s the bad. Now, it’s time to move on to the ugly—corporate debt. Here, the bad news comes in several flavors

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Appearance on Yahoo Finance Live: The Final Round, March 21, 2019 [Video]

March 21, 2019

Is there something the Fed sees that the average investor is missing? Earlier today, I appeared on Yahoo Finance Live: The Final Round to discuss the Fed’s impact on the market, what areas of the market I'm interested in right now, and more.

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Fed to Economy: We’ve Got Your Back

March 21, 2019

Yesterday’s Fed statement and press conference revealed a significant reversal from previous meetings. When Chair Powell told markets to “drop dead” a few months ago, the consensus was that the Fed was committed to normalizing policy despite the market risks. Since then, and especially with the most recent statement and conference, the Fed has done a full 180. Now, it is acting to support markets and the economy.

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A Focus on Gratitude

March 20, 2019

This will be a short post as I am on a plane headed back home from Florida. For me, this brief time in the air is a great opportunity to do something I try to do a couple of times a year here on the blog: focus on gratitude. Gratitude is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your life. Doing a daily gratitude practice, where I write down three things I am grateful for every day, has changed my life immeasurably for the better. Gratitude is not usually associated with air travel, I admit, but let’s see what we can do here.

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What’s Behind the Latest Market Bounce?

March 19, 2019

With the market recovery continuing and after the decline at the end of last year, the market is once again moving close to new highs. The multibillion dollar question here is why that is—which hopefully will give us some guidance as to whether it will continue.

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Monday Update: Inflation Under Control, But Data Still Weak

March 18, 2019

Last week was a busy one for economic data. But the week ahead will be slower, consisting of housing reports and the regular meeting of the Fed.

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Are the Economy and Markets More Fragile Than They Seem?

March 15, 2019

To follow up on my most recent Economic Risk Factor Update and Monthly Market Risk Update, as well as on my colleague Anu’s post on whether the Fed might resort to negative rates, I want to think about where the economy is headed. As I pointed out in the risk updates, the headline news is positive. All the economic indicators that I follow are outside the risk zones, market risk indicators have improved over the past month, and, in general, things are good. At least markets certainly think so. But as I look beyond the headline data, there is a strong case to be made that the current good conditions are much more fragile than they seem.

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Upcoming Appearances

Tune into Fox Business' Mornings with Maria on Monday, March 25, between 3:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M ET to hear Brad talk about the markets. Exact interview time will be updated once confirmed. Check local listings for availability. 

Tune into Bloomberg Radio's Bloomberg Businessweek on Monday, March 25, at 3:45 P.M. ET to hear Brad talk about the markets. Listen at Sirius XM Channel 119 or online at 

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