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Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Richard E. Cripps, CFA
Director of Equity Strategy and Marketing
Chief Market Strategist

Richard Cripps joined the Stifel Nicolaus Research Team in connection with Stifel’s acquisition of Legg Mason’s Capital Markets Group in December of 2005. Mr. Cripps directs the Portfolio Strategy Group. He also serves as a senior member of the investment committee with responsibilities for equity market and portfolio strategy.

Mr. Cripps joined Legg Mason in 1979. In 1997, he became chief market strategist and co-chairman of the investment committee, and worked closely with the firm’s equity analysts in developing and monitoring investment opinions, as well as providing market commentary, strategy, and portfolio advisory to individual and institutional clients.

Mr. Cripps developed the EquityCompass, a series of equity models that quantify investment characteristics for stock selection and portfolio management. Insights and portfolio discipline from the EquityCompass were utilized in a variety of programs at Legg Mason and currently are being offered in Stifel’s Private Client Group.

Mr. Cripps’ market commentary has frequently appeared in leading financial news media and he was a featured guest on Wall Street Week With Louis Rukeyser. He has also been a participant in economic forums organized by the White House to monitor the market impact of various economic policies on financial markets.

Mr. Cripps has a B.S. in finance from James Madison University and serves on the University’s School of Business Executive Advisory Committee. He is a CFA charterholder and member of the Baltimore Security Analysts Society.

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