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

At Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE: BRK-B) annual meeting on April 30, Warren Buffett admitted to a lack of initial knowledge about the oil additive business shortly before agreeing to acquire Lubrizol Corp. (NYSE: LZ). But as a quick study on companies and one of the most astute investors of all time,… Read More

Investing in smaller companies can offer individual investors many important advantages. Perhaps the most important of all is that these companies can grow very quickly, since it doesn’t take much for new sales and profits to make a big impact on overall growth. Many stocks with small market capitalizations also… Read More

According to recent figures, U.S. companies hold an astounding $1 trillion in overseas bank... Read More

According to recent figures, U.S. companies hold an astounding $1 trillion in overseas bank accounts. The reason for holding this ungodly amount of money overseas? Because bringing the cash back to... Read More

In Omaha during Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE: BRK-B) annual shareholder meeting, Tom Gaynor, chief investment officer of Markel Corp. (NYSE: MKL), detailed an asset class he follows — SID — which stands for “stocks in drag.” This was meant to highlight that certain “safer” securities… Read More

With the maturity of the automotive industry in developed markets, the real growth potential lies primarily in emerging markets. Emerging markets account for close to 40% of the global market and were recently estimated to have produced 30 million vehicles. By most measures, China… Read More

In a Rolling Stone article from April 2010, in a now famous tirade against Wall Street investment banks, journalist Matt Taibbi described Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” This is… Read More