Brian Katz, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Boston, MA
Focus Areas

Manager Diligence
Private Strategies
Asset Allocation
Portfolio Management


Massachusetts Service Alliance; Investment Committee

Brian is the President of Colony Investment Management, Chief Investment Officer, and a Principal of the Colony Group. Brian has more than 25 years of asset allocation, manager selection, stock research, and portfolio construction experience. Since 1997, he has been instrumental in crafting The Colony Group’s investment philosophy and process. Brian’s responsibilities include the development of the firm’s investment offering, portfolio implementation, and educating advisors and clients. He serves as the Chairman of The Colony Group’s Investment Committee and leads the team of portfolio managers and analysts.

Previously, he was a research analyst at Kobren Insight Management, where he was responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative due diligence on investment managers and analyzing capital markets and the economy. Brian also worked at Kanon Bloch Carré, where he developed and maintained a quantitative model for rating mutual funds that were published semi-annually in U.S. News & World Report.

Brian holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Published Insights

Bringing The Economic Bazooka To The Coronavirus Fight

Rays of light shone upon the investment markets this week after policymakers pulled out their big guns often referred to by investment commentators as the bazooka. As the magnitude of the near-term economic impact of efforts to contain the spread has become more apparent, countries are responding with fiscal...

Colony Market Update – COVID-19 Impact

People are gripped with fear. We fear getting sick, losing our jobs, and watching our portfolios decline in value. That is a very understandable reaction to the crisis in which we currently find ourselves.  Professional investors channel that fear into analysis. They analyze everything from economic growth, corporate earnings, virus reproduction rates, virus mitigation...

What to expect as markets continue to react to the latest coronavirus news

For our most recent update on the COVID-19, please read: What A Week, Really This Time Equity markets opened sharply down again this morning following President Trump’s address to the nation. The President’s speech underwhelmed investors, who were hoping for a bolder, more substantial policy response. Instead, as one of our...

One month does not a trend make: On Football and Investments

By: Jason Blackwell, CFA, CAIA®, Chief Investment Strategist; Brian Katz, CFA, Chief Investment Officer; Richard Steinberg, CFA, Chief Market Strategist A review of October’s investment returns may cause you to believe that all of our worries went away – except that they didn’t. The so-called “Phase One” of a...

Investing for Returns or Investing in ESG Strategies: A False Dichotomy

Clients are asking more than ever of their advisors. Routine conversations around having enough to retire, saving for college, or leaving a financial legacy have become more robust as individuals have come to recognize that these matters have both financial and non-financial impacts on their lives. The emergence of...

Dovish Hike

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) delivered a 25bps interest rate hike last week that was largely in line with expectations.  This marked only the third interest rate hike since the financial crisis ended 8 years ago, in 2009, pushing the federal funds target rate to a range of...

Brexit vs. Bremain: The EU Referendum Vote

Investors’ focus shifted last week to the U.K.’s European Union (EU) referendum vote, otherwise known as Brexit, which is being held on Thursday, June 23rd.  Global equities declined in the latter half of last week as polls showed support for an “exit” vote gaining ground.  While polls have delivered...

Mr. Market’s Primary Primer

Presidential candidate frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump suffered setbacks last week as both lost in the Wisconsin primaries.  Clinton has a commanding delegate lead over Bernie Sanders, 1,758 versus 1,069, but still needs 2,383 to close out the primary.  It appears likely that she will win the nomination...

Risk On?

The markets’ bounce off the February 11th lows is remarkable.  Sparked by a bottom in oil prices, accommodative central banks, and better than expected economic numbers, risk assets have largely recovered from their early 2016 losses.  Indeed, as of March 18, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500...