Department of Economics

Justin Bryant

  • Graduated: 2006
  • Field: Finance

Justin Bryant(opens in new window), who graduated in 2006 with a BA in Economics and as BS in Business Administration, is an advisor and consultant for Franklin Templeton(opens in new window) Investments in Sacramento, California.  After graduation he started working with Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management(opens in new window) and Financial Services division, managing the wealth of high net worth individuals, families, and institutions. Justin developed and managed investment portfolios and provided a comprehensive financial planning strategy for them.  He worked for Merill Lynch as a registered associate from 2007 until 2012 and as a financial advisor from 2012 to 2013.

IN 2013 Justin signed on with Protective Life(opens in new window), a life insurance and annuity company, where he worked as a financial consultant to the financial advisors and insurance executives.  He also trained other advisors.  In 2018 Justin accepted a position with Franklin Templeton Investments.

In a recent email, Justin said that “Just like programming languages are the basis to computer programs, economics is the fundamental language of the entire business and financial community both in the private and public sector. My advice to students is to choose a skill in your studies because it's a competitive world out there. Economics will give you the analytical and quantitative skills that employers are looking for. When you think about some of the greatest minds, like Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett, all of them have used economic analysis to make decisions and those decisions changed the world.” (Last Updated 5/2/19)