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Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Richard E. Cripps, CFA

Richard E. Cripps is the Chief Investment Officer of EquityCompass Strategies, a wholly-owned subsidiary Registered Investment Advisor of Stifel Financial (SF –NYSE). EquityCompass provides research and investment advisory services to Stifel’s Private Client and institutional investors. As of 2012 yearend, EquityCompass managed $1.2 billion in assets.

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 joined Legg Mason in 1979 as a Financial Advisor where he was recognized for providing outstanding client service and top quintile business productivity. In 1991, he became the firm’s Vice President and Director of Equity Marketing with responsibility for communicating investment strategies to Legg’s network of financial advisors. Mr. Cripps assumed the role of chief market strategist and co-chairman of the investment committee in 1997, in which he 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 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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