John Browning


Financial Planner, Best Selling Author, & Professional Speaker
Guardian Rock Wealth

John Browning helps busy professionals plan and invest in building their best lives in retirement using three decades of Wall Street money management experience. John comes not only with direct money management experience and knowledge but also real-world experience that comes from raising three birth children and three adopted children and fostering several more special needs children. His real-life funny stories make his subjects more fun and exciting while still being informative.

John and Christine, his college sweetheart and wife of thirty-two years, have started, run, and sold numerous businesses and led teams through all market and business environments. John has and continues to serve on various not-for-profit boards and has led nonprofit teams through restructurings, building projects, and fundraising projects. John will be the first to tell you that you cannot make up some real-life stories he has to tell.

John began his career in 1991, learning from the ground up, starting in customer service before moving into an assistant municipal analyst role. From there, he moved into a senior municipal and corporate analyst at Van Kampen Funds, a division of Morgan Stanley.

John began his portfolio management career in 1995, managing several billion in taxable and tax-free money market funds. During this period, John led multiple specialized foreign and domestic quantitative research projects, three of which resulted in the first equity Unit Investment Trust portfolios for Morgan Stanley.

In 1996 John was asked to join the trading and risk management desk for all Unit Trust operations. Eventually, John became the Executive Director in charge of over $157 billion in equity and fixed-income assets at Morgan Stanley.

John moved to Invesco PowerShares in 2009, running several specialty exchange Traded Equity funds and assisting with the purchase of Van Kampen funds from Morgan Stanley.

In 2012 John moved on to Run the Unit Trust research and portfolio Management division of Guggenhiem Funds.

John was asked to start a Unit Trust division for Incapital in 2013, which raised approximately $600 million in assets before being purchased in 2017 by Nuveen Asset Management. John continued to lead the division as Managing Director to just under $1 billion in assets under management.

From mid-2017 through 2019, John served Smart Trust, a division of Hennion & Walsh out of New Jersey, helping them increase assets under management to nearly $1 billion.

In 2019, John started Guardian Rock Wealth, an independent, fiduciary, registered investment advisory firm dedicated to bringing Wall Street money management expertise directly to individuals and their families.

John wrote the Amazon best seller Build a Life Not a Portfolio in 2020 and started the weekly Building Your Life podcast, which can be found anywhere you consume your podcasts.  John also publishes a daily five-minute update on the markets, which can be found on Substack and any of his social media channels.

Session Information

Title: Living the Life You Love as You Define It, Without Being Dazed and Confused
Day: Friday, August 25, 2023
Time: 1:10 pm