Matt Bral, CFA, AIF®

Matt Bral, CFA, AIF®

Managing Director

Growing up in the small Iowa town of Manilla, Matt learned the Midwestern values of persistence, integrity, and humility early in life. He carried these values with him to Drake University in Des Moines, where he graduated with honors from the College of Business and Public Administration.

Matt began his career with an investment bank in Chicago, but eventually returned to his Iowa roots to become an Investment Analyst and Financial Advisor with Smith Barney in Des Moines, where he was part of a team who managed investment portfolios for institutions and affluent families across the county.  

Matt joined Principal® in 2010 and co-founded Bral Niedert Private Wealth Advisors with Tony Niedert in 2015 in order to expand the breadth and depth of services available to their clients.

Matt's splits his time in our practice between serving the wealth management needs of a select group of individuals and families and advising our institutional clients in the construction, management, and monitoring of their organizations' investment portfolios. 

Matt earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation in 2007 and became an Accredited Investment Fiduciary in 2017. He is a Past-President of the CFA Society of Iowa and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Iowa.

Matt lives in Waukee with his wife and two young children. He loves all things health and fitness related, spending quality time with his family, and reading as much as time permits.