Brad Hessel is an investment advisor registered with the state of North Carolina (USA). With a background in history and simulation design, he worked in information services for First Boston and Credit Suisse in the 80s and 90s and ultimately moved into the knowledge management field. He has managed funds for family and friends informally for thirty years. In 2003, he took on a knowledge management client who was planning to start a macro-based hedge fund. Work in support of that client demonstrated the potential of using a macro-based investment strategy both to produce a superior return on investment and to explain to clients the effects of macro trends on their lives, apart from their 401K balances. In 2006, Brad passed the Series 6 exam and Intelledgement moved into the investment advising service business.