Candace Browning

Head of Global Research, BofA Merrill Lynch

Candace Browning is head of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, a group that provides client and employees of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management with top quality investment insights and ideas, industry and company overviews and asset allocation recommendations. She also serves as executive sponsor of Financial Technologies Investments for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Banking and Markets division, responsible for overseeing the sourcing and ongoing management of those investments.

The BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research division has more than 600 analysts located across more than 20 countries. The team provides recommendations on approximately 3,100 stocks and 1,150 credits globally as well as economic forecasts for 53 countries, forecasts for 35 commodities, and recommendations on 47 currencies.

From February 2003 to November 2008, Ms. Browning served as head of the Global Research Securities and Economics group at Merrill Lynch. She was named head of Global Research of the combined Bank of America Merrill Lynch organizations post the merger of the two firms.

The research division was named Top Global Research Firm by Institutional Investor magazine for the sixth consecutive year in 2016; No. 1 in the 2017 All-Europe and Emerging EMEA surveys; No. 2 in the 2017 All-Europe Fixed Income, All-America Fixed Income and Latin America surveys; and No. 2 in the 2016 Institutional Investor All-America survey.

Previous to her position as head of Global Research, Ms. Browning served as director of Equity Research for the Americas region, with responsibility for all research coverage in Canada, the United States and Latin America. From June 2000 to November 2001, she was based in London, serving as deputy director, Global Research Product, Pan-Europe, for Merrill Lynch EMEA Research Management.

Before joining research management, Ms. Browning covered the airline industry in the United States and was ranked in Institutional Investor’s all-star analyst survey for 17 consecutive years.

Named as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker for the past seven years, Ms. Browning joined Merrill Lynch in 1990 as a research analyst. She holds an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Brandeis University. She is a member of the St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices, and is a Bank of America Global Ambassador.