Debra K. Brede: A recognized name

with an individualized approach

Debra Brede

Today, the D.K. Brede Investment Management Company delivers investment management services to corporations, municipalities, retirement plan and charitable trusts, and high-net-worth individuals based on the principle that every recommendation made is dependent soley on a clients individual needs, as determined personally by Debra Brede herself.

Debra is now a frequent media commentator on investment-related topics and is recognizable to tens of thousands of CNBC and Fox Business news viewers around the world. She's also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Businessweek, Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Kiplingers Personal Finance.

Listen to Debra's interview with Kathleen Hays and Pimm Fox of Bloomberg Radio1 as she discusses going independent, helping her clients prepare for their future, and the charitable work she's done with Agape International.

Learn about Debra's experiance, professional credntials, and public service.


Recognition that reflects expertise

Debra's investment industry honors include:

All-Star Women Advisors - Barron's, 20152

Top 100 Women financial Advisors in the U.S. - Barron's, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 20152

FT 100 Women Financial Advisers - Financial Times, 20143

FT 400 Top Financial Advisers - Financial Times, 2013, 20153

Top 50 Independent Advisors in America - Registered Rep, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 20104

Top 100 Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors - Registered Rep, 2010 and 20114

Ten Most Dependable Wealth Managers of the Northeast - Goldline Research, 2008 (as seen in Forbes)5

Top 50 Advisors in Massachusetts - Boston Business Journal, 20086

Top 1,000 Advisers in America - Barron's, 20097

Top 50 Women in Wealth Management - Wealth Manager, 20098

Outstanding Advisor Award - Registered Rep, 20109

Boston Five Starsm Wealth Manegers - Quantitative Market Intelligence, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (as seen in Boston magazine)10

Best Wealth Managers in Boston - Newsweek Showcase, 2010 (as seen in Newsweek)11

Pennsylvania State University - Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009

Top 20 High-end Investment Managers - Boston Magazine, March 200612


Credentials that speak to expertise

Debra's industry designations include:

  • General Securities Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network
  • Registered Securties Principle of Commonwealth Financial Netowkr
  • Registered Options Principal of Commonwealth Financial Network
  • Registered Municipal Securities Principal of commonwealth Financial Network
  • Qualified Pension Specialist
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®

Debra has also served on the Systems Advisory Board of the Boston Stock Exchange and was chairman of the District Economic Education Committee for the Security Industry Association.


She is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program.

A commitment to serve the community

Debra has always balanced her professional career with an active commitment to community service, on both a local and global scale. Each year since 2006, she has traveled to Hyderabad, India, with her family to work alongside her husband, a practicing dentist, in delivering free care to 250 children at the Agape International Orphanage.


Debra is a trustee of Agape International, which was founded by a long-time D.K. Brede Investment Management staff memember. Its mission is to provide homes, food, and love to children of the Third World who've been orphaned by the AIDS crisis.


During its annual Fall Dinner, Debra was honored by Agape with a video highlighting all the work she has done and the impact she has had on the children and their schools.


As a result of her work with Agape, Debra was a finalist for the 2015 Invest in Others and Investment News Global Community Impact Award. She was one of three finalists out of the hundreds of nominations, a reflection of the dedication and passionate commitment she has for those less fortunate.


View pictures of Debra's work.


Debra remains involved in a number of charities and social causes in the Boston area anad is an active alumna of her alma mater Pennsylvania State University. Her most recent community service commitment has included:


Boston Rescue Mission, Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors

The Board Rescue Mission has been aiding

Boston's homeless since 1899.

Agape International, Board of Trustees

Agape International provides care fo children

orphaned by the AIDS crisis in India.


Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Board of Trustees

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Finance Commitee

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Insititutional Review Board

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Board of Overseers



1Investments are subject to risk, including the loss of principal. Because investment return and principal value fluctuate, shares may be worth more or less than their original value. Some investments are not suitable for all investors, and there is no guarantee that any investing goal will be met. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Talk to your financial advisor before making any investing decisions  2Barron's Top 100 Women Financial Advisors bases its ratings on a proprietary analysis of the following qualitative and quantitative criteria: a minimum 7 years of financial services experience, acceptable compliance record, client retention, assets under management, revenues generated, and the quality of the advisor's practice. A portion of the ranking is based on a sampling of a financial advisor's clients and does not represent any one client's experience. Barron's does not provide a count of eligible nominees for the award, citing their data as proprietary. Investment performance is not a criterion and this recognition is not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. Before working with any financial advisor, please be sure to conduct your own due diligence and research to ensure that the relationship is right for you3Award based on each advisor’s performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials, and accessibility. For the full methodology*, please visit and 4Advisors are ranked strictly by assets under management, though 60 percent of those assets must belong to retail, as opposed to institutional, clients. If the advisor is a member of a team, he or she must be the founder or leader of that team. 5This list is a service of Goldline Research. Goldline Research uses a rigorous proprietary research process to evaluate tens of thousands of service providers each year in numerous industries. Goldline Research is not affiliated with Forbes magazine. 6Rankings based on qualitative and quantitative criteria. Professionals must have at least seven years of financial experience and meet acceptable compliance, client retention, and customer satisfaction benchmarks. Advisors are also ranked on a variety of revenue and assets-under-management measurements. Other factors that add or detract from a candidate’s score include interviews with senior management, peers, and customers. 7The rankings reflect assets under management, revenues, quality of the advisors' practices, and other factors. Total assets are all assets overseen by the advisor’s team, including some that are held at other institutions. Assets managed for institutions are given less weight in the scoring. 8The list was selected by an advisory board of equally distinguished women, in cooperation with, Investment Advisor, and Research. Members of the list were chosen for their integrity, longevity, knowledge, entrepreneurship, and encouragement of other women in the industry, among other factors. 9The list features advisors who excel in the business but, more important, who dedicate their time to philanthropic causes. 10Crescendo Business Systems surveyed high-net-worth residents and financial services industry professionals, asking them to evaluate wealth managers on customer service, integrity, communications, value for fee charged, and overall satsifaction. Wealth managers were also reviewed for instances of regulatory actions, civil judicial actions, and customer complaints. Assets under management are held through Commonwealth Financial Network. 11Candidates must be fully licensed and certified. Candidates with advanced levels of education and graduate degrees are preferred, though experience and other recognitions are considered. All candidates have received local media coverage in their community directly related to having achieved a level of excellence in their field. 12Net worth of clients includes investable assets, excluding primary residence. Team assets include custodied and noncustodied assets that the advisor and team advise. Where the advisor is a member of a team, he or she is ranked on individual assets or percentage of contribution of the team. Prepared for Boston magazine by R. J. Shook and Shookbook LLC. * Not indicative of advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary.