Our Platform


At Commonwealth, we believe the secret to our success is doing what we love and sharing our passion with other like-minded people. It’s a formula we began cultivating when we opened our doors in 1979, and it remains the focus of our mission today.



At Commonwealth, we believe the secret to our success is doing what we love and sharing our passion with other like-minded people. It’s a formula we began cultivating when we opened our doors in 1979, and it remains the focus of our mission today.


The Research Team

Our partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network®, a leading independent broker/dealer, provides us access to a team of investment research specialists at Commonwealth who assist us in our efforts to provide you with the best possible service. Each of the professionals on this team brings a breadth of experience in the industry and within his or her own specialization.

All-Stars at Work for You

Financial Advisor and Private Wealth magazines have named Commonwealth’s Brad McMillan, Chief Investment Officer; Brian Price, Vice President, Investment Management and Research; Jim McAllister, Manager, Investment Research; and Meagan Swanson, Senior Fixed Income Analyst, to their third annual all-star research team. This marks the third consecutive year for Brad, and the second for Brian and Jim. Nominated by peers, the 4 are among the top 12 recognized in 2013 from a cross-section of research managers throughout the country.

Tap into institutional-quality research from our own Investment Research Team—seasoned experts who deliver information on the topics that matter most to you, from analysis of the market and economy to asset allocation and portfolio construction.

We understand the advisor experience from the inside out and deliver research that can make a difference to your clients and your business:

  • Asset Management experts provide regular market and economic commentary and manage Commonwealth’s Preferred Portfolio Services® (PPS) Select program.
  • Alternative Financial Strategies coverage includes analysis and monitoring of managed futures, hedge funds, private equity, and structured products.
  • Real Asset specialists provide analysis, monitoring, and approval of products such as real estate, infrastructure, natural resources, and commodities.
  • Fixed Income analysts offer market analysis and insight. In addition, they can help identify quality issues at competitive prices; gather bid and offering information from many outside sources; and provide guidance on swaps, commissions, constructing bond ladders, choosing individual bonds, and building advanced bond portfolios.
  • Annuity experts act as your consultants, helping you whittle down the universe of available products to help you make the recommendations that are best suited to your clients.
  • Core Financial Strategies analysts provide research and recommendations on mutual funds, ETFs, separately managed accounts, and equities. They also offer insight into the process and people behind the performance of mutual funds and separate account managers.

What is a Broker/Dealer?

A broker/dealer is a company that a registered investment professional is required to affiliate with in order to buy and sell investment products on behalf of investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delegates the supervision of financial advisors to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA, in turn, requires us to choose a broker/dealer to partner with on your behalf.

Why Commonwealth Financial Network?

The fact that we’ve chosen to work with Commonwealth Financial Network® (Commonwealth), an independent broker/dealer, means that our firm remains independent, too. We are free to act solely in your best interest, without bias and without pressure to promote a particular product or strategy. It’s a model that differs from that of some other, larger financial firms known as wirehouses, whose financial representatives are accountable not just to their clients, but also to the parent company that employs them.

Commonwealth is also independently owned and managed, which means the firm retains the freedom to allocate resources where they’re needed and to act in the best interests of its financial advisors and their clients—not shareholders.

How Commonwealth Helps Us Help You

Commonwealth goes far beyond what’s required of a broker/dealer; the entire organization is built around doing whatever it takes to satisfy not only the advisors who work with the firm, but the clients of those advisors as well. It’s that infrastructure—and the always expanding wealth of resources it provides—that makes it easier for our firm to provide you with the best possible guidance and the prompt, personal service you expect and deserve.


Commonwealth Financial Network® received the highest numerical score in the independent advisor segment in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010, 2012, and 2013 Financial Advisor Satisfaction Studies℠. 2013 study based on 2,547 total responses and measures overall financial advisor satisfaction among advisors registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investment firms. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of financial advisors surveyed in October 2012 February 2013. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.