Julian Brigden

Co-Founder & President

Julian Brigden is the Head of Research at Macro Intelligence 2 Partners, a firm he co-founded in 2011. He leads a six-person team of research and market professionals to publish independent macroeconomic research that is both ahead of market consensus and timely. Julian has over 30 years of experience in financial markets including positions in market and policy focused consulting to institutional investors as well as FICC sales. Read More...

Julian is a trusted advisor to many top money managers who use MI2 Partners’ research to guide their investment process. He has extensive experience with macro data analysis, broad fixed income, equity market (not individual stocks) and currencies. He is particularly skilled at exploring correlations in the economy and financial markets vital to a vast array of investment decision-makers. As a global macro strategist, Julian’s primary focus is understanding and explaining macroeconomic and policy-related developments to tell clients what is important in markets and what to fade.

Gretchen Brigden

Co-Founder & COO

Gretchen Brigden is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at MI2 Partners, where she is responsible for sales, client management, legal, compliance, and administrative functions. Gretchen brings over 30 years of professional experience in finance, including extensive work in portfolio management and esoteric asset-backed finance. Prior to MI2, she held senior-level Structured Finance positions in New York and Charlotte at Guggenheim, Ambac, Merrill Lynch Bank, Deutsche Bank and First Union Capital Markets.

Ronnie Aked


Ronnie Aked rounds out the senior research team and has held positions in the finance industry for over 30 years. Ronnie brings a complimentary skill set to MI2, helping to identify investment themes and key actors likely to impact pricing and market clearing across asset types. He uses a synergistic process to his work, combining macro catalyst identification and flow of funds analysis with a liquidity filter.

Harry Melandri


Harry Melandri joined the MI2 Research team as an Advisor in 2018. Among other contributions, Harry contributes to MI2’s research and serves as the moderator of Real Vision’s Insider Talks with Raoul Pal and Julian Brigden. He has worked in financial markets for more than 30 years and has held senior roles in fixed income portfolio management at Deutsche Asset Management, Aberdeen Asset Management, and Brevan Howard; in macroeconomic research and macro strategy at the Bank of England and Medley Advisors; and in fixed income and derivatives trading at UBS and other investment banks. Read More...

Harry has extensive experience in macro and policy, central banking, fixed income and rates, emerging markets and derivatives along with a background in volatility trading and quantitative analysis.

Jeff Uscher

Japan Update

Jeff Uscher is the primary contributor to the Japan Update, which provides insight into the Japanese economy and markets. Jeff is the founder of Jeff Uscher’s Japan Insider and has more than 35 years of experience following Japan. He is fluent in Japanese and reads local news sources to discover insights on policy, politics, and economics, which are often not available in English. Jeff comes from an equity background and spent many years as an equity analyst and head of research.

Steven Sweeney


Steven Sweeney joined MI2 Partners in 2016 and provides much of the analysis that forms the backbone of our research. His previous modeling work ranged from the behavior of energetic systems to commodity, equities, and currency analysis. He uses a variety of modeling methods, programs, and coding languages.

Nadine Buschner

Sales & Marketing Associate

Nadine Buschner joined MI2 Partners in 2020 and provides marketing and sales support for the team. She has a degree in Advertising and Information Management Technology from Syracuse University and has experience working at both digital agencies and corporations conducting research, analyzing market trends, providing insights, and implementing strategies for clients.

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