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Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Richard E. Cripps is the Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager of EquityCompass Strategies, a research and investment advisory unit of Choice Financial Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (SF-NYSE). Mr. Cripps joined Stifel Financial through the acquisition of Legg Mason’s Capital Markets Group from Citigroup in December 2005. Mr. Cripps directed the Portfolio Strategy Group of Stifel Nicolaus Equity Research prior to his current role, where he also served as a senior member of the investment committee with responsibilities for equity market analysis and portfolio strategy.

Mr. Cripps developed the EquityCompass, a series of equity models that quantify investment characteristics for stock selection and portfolio management. EquityCompass insights were utilized in a variety of programs at Legg Mason and currently are being offered at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated.

Mr. Cripps and his market commentary are familiar to investors viewing leading financial news networks. He appeared as a featured guest on Wall Street Week With Louis Rukeyser and other financial networks. 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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