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

The retail industry can be extremely competitive. It’s easy for rivals to swoop in and copy the strategies of a successful retailer — just think of what Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) did to K-Mart by copying its low-cost approach and adding sophisticated information technology and… Read More

Since the end of the second quarter, the stock market has fallen fast and hard. The major market indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq, are down more than 8%. This has wiped out gains for the year, though the Dow has recently rallied back to… Read More

Back in 1950, a young investor by the name of Warren Buffett discovered that his mentor Benjamin Graham was chairman of a company named Government Employees Insurance Company, or GEICO for short. Shortly thereafter, he hopped on a train to go visit the company at its headquarters in Washington D.C. Read More

In the Chairman’s letter written to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) in 1995, Warren Buffett explained why retailing can be a tough business. He likened it to a “shooting-star phenomenon,” where not taking care of day-to-day details can lead to failure. He also explained that consumers… Read More

In the book Spin-off to Pay-off, author Joseph Cornell cites a number of reasons why corporate spinoffs are ideal for finding highly compelling investment opportunities. And with companies struggling to grow in the current market environment, the timing is proving ideal for spinoffs because they represent a great way to… Read More