Established in 2011

at the request of an iconic hedge fund, our unique tangential thought process and strong calls have made our name.


Research > Sales

This emphasis results in a candid and precise product.


Trusted By Decision Makers

We serve some of the world’s largest investment banks, wealth managers, and family offices.


150+ Years Experience

We bring an in-depth understanding of global markets, politics, and history to the research process.

Meet Our Team

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.



Senior-level Structured Finance positions at Guggenheim, Ambac, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, and First Union Capital Market in New York and Charlotte

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.



– Portfolio Manager at Capstone Investment Advisors and UBS O’Conner

– Co-founder, CIO and Macro Portfolio Manager at Arsago

– Proprietary trading at Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and HSBC

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. 


– Worked for extended periods in both Tokyo & New York

– Founding editor of Grant’s Asia Observer, a bi-weekly newsletter published by Jim Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

– Responsible for Asian clients at Medley Global Advisors

– Written extensively on Japanese agriculture and on the Japanese pension system

David Kreisa

David Kreisa joined MI2 Partners in 2019 and came from Gelber Group LLC, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. David spent 14 years as a portfolio manager and Head of Trading – Foreign Exchange with offices in Chicago, New York, Zurich, and London. Prior to Gelber Group, David worked as a proprietary trader at AIG Trading, NationsBank, and Bank Julius Baer International. 

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 Rix
Sales & Marketing Associate

Nadine Rix  joined MI2 Partners in 2020 and provides marketing, sales, and operations support for the team. She has a degree in Advertising and Information Management Technology from Syracuse University. Her previous work ranges from analyzing market trends & opportunities, implementing marketing strategies, and developing more efficient & automated systems for clients.

Lauren Walker
Executive Communications Associate

Lauren Walker joined MI2 Partners in 2022 and holds a dual role as the personal assistant to Co-founder and President Julian Brigden, as well as communications and systems support for the Sales &  Marketing team. Lauren holds a degree in Sociology from Rollins College, and with over fifteen years of experience in client relations and service analysis, Lauren brings a procedural strategy and passion for client engagement.