Ryan C. Fuhrmann, CFA, began his investment career at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago. He is actively involved with the CFA Institute, an association of investment professionals, and has even co-authored a portion of their curriculum.   In addition to his CFA certification, he holds a degree in business from the University of Wisconsin and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan adheres to a value-based investing viewpoint that successful companies generate sustainable cash flow for their owners and earn returns on invested capital far in excess of those costs of capital. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading, traveling and catching as many live music shows and movies as possible.  

Analyst Articles

A key challenge in the pharmaceutical industry these days is the staggering amount of drugs losing their patent protection. Back in November 2011, Pfizer’s (NYSE: PFE) Lipitor — the company’s all-time best-selling drug, which reported annual sales in excess of $10 billion at its peak — lost its patent protection. Read More

In an economic downturn, businesses and consumers rush to conserve their resources and cut spending as quickly as possible. There’s no telling how long a downturn may last, so taking a conservative stance on making purchases can easily make sense. But there are some things a person… Read More

Many of the big U.S. banks have already reported their financial results for 2011. The overall reports were quite impressive, considering that just three years ago there were major concerns that a number of them wouldn’t be able to survive the credit crisis. The recent financial reports… Read More

With such a slow economic recovery in the United States, many states are getting creative in how to increase their tax bases. Politicians read the news headlines and are well aware that gambling has taken off in parts of Asia, including Macau and Singapore. Current estimates are that Macau’s gaming… Read More

The Department of Energy estimates that the United States holds as much as 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which is enough to meet domestic energy demand for at least a century. Great advances in extraction techniques, including fracturing, or “fracking” of shale rock formations by drilling sideways, have… Read More

Since the fall of last year, investors have sent most financial stocks plummeting, regardless of the underlying strength of the firm’s business prospects. But what has been a period of unadulterated selling so far could spell big opportunity for smart investors who buy… Read More

Earlier in October, the gambling industry held one of its main conferences of the year in Las Vegas, The Global Gaming Expo, or G2E. The event gives gaming professionals the opportunity to see the new products industry suppliers are selling, as well as talk with the companies and their management… Read More