John Frye

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“With over 39 years of experience in the investment field, John Frye is Chief Investment Officer and a founder of Crane Asset Management LLC who oversees all aspects of Crane's investment and portfolio management process.”

Crane Asset Management LLC

Job Title:

Chief Investment Officer


Crane Asset Management LLC is a full-service investment counseling firm providing investment management services to private individuals, retirement plans, endowments, and charitable foundations.  All accounts are managed on a discretionary basis.  While investment portfolio consist primarily of equities, we also use fixed income securities for clients whose objectives require increased income and reduced risk.  John Frye co-founded the firm in 2003, with a partner who remains Chief Operating Officer.  They work with all of their clients to formulate a long-term investment strategy that will meet their investment objectives while addressing their risk profiles.  Understanding their clients in this way enables them to develop unique plans based upon each of their clients’ needs to help them achieve their financial goals.

Before co-founding Crane Asset Management LLC, John served as Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Renberg & Associates in Beverly Hills.  He began his career with E. F. Hutton & Company in New York and subsequently worked with Alex. Brown & Sons in Baltimore.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University in 1977 and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  John holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles.


BA, Politics, Princeton University
MBA, Finance, Columbia Graduate School of Business

Assets Under Management:

$92 million

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Crane Asset Management is registered with the State of California. A copy of Crane's Form ADV filing (Parts 2A and 2B) can be accessed here. In addition, Crane's Form ADV (Part 1) can be downloaded from the SEC's website. (Type in Crane's name in the field provided and follow the instructions on the site to download the information required.)

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Will being on a line of credit with someone else increase my credit score if that line of credit is used responsibly?

So let me get this straight: One partner is fiscally responsible and the other partner has a history of spending so much that he/she has ruined credit.  If the responsible partner is even considering taking the risk of adding you to her line of credit, she is being foolish.  The single greatest factor in the failure of a business is mismanagement of cash flow, and your partner is adept at this and you are hopeless.  Put her in sole charge of managing the money.  Obviously you bring talents to the mix even if managing cash is not one of them, so focus on the value you can add to your ventures and let her handle the finances.  If the business is a success you will have plenty enough income to repair your credit on your own.

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    Investing, 401(k), IRAs, Mutual Funds, Starting Out
Should I buy into an index fund while the market is at record highs, wait until it dips again, or does it even matter?
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Could I sell and keep the $10 profit on options that I bought, or should I wait closer to the expiration date?
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    Stocks, Taxes, Starting Out
Are you required to pay taxes on stocks that you own and hold for years but do not sell?
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    Retirement, Taxes
When is the most tax-efficient time to take my first RMD?
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