John Frye

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“With over 38 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. John Frye 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:

$81 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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How can I determine if a company is a good company to invest with after doing fundamental analysis?
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The situation you are describing does give cause for concern.  Let's pick apart your question into its parts.  

1.  Some numbers may be negative and some positive?  When you pose a question to us here at Investopedia, I wish you and everyone else would be specific.  It really depends on which numbers are negative.  For example, a company can have negative earnings in a particular year and still be a great investment.

2.  Inconsistent revenue growth.  This is not a good sign, unless there is a good explanation.  Possible good explanations are (1) the business is seasonal -- for example, retailers make most of their money in December; (2) the company has discontinued certain divisions to concentrate on one business and invest in expansion; (3) their business depends on commodity trends -- for example, an oil company or a copper mine might be a great long term investment but there are bound to be years when the price of oil/copper is down and revenues are down as well.

Only invest in a company if you feel you understand its business and have a good sense of where the company will be in five years.  If you don't know its industry or have to guess too much about pricing, margins, expense for foreign currency trends, etc., stay away.  But if you like a business and you see one of those trends turn negative and the stock declines, it may create a buying opportunity.  "Buy a wonderful company at a fair price rather than a fair company at a wonderful price."

N/A means not applicable, and you would see it under the P/E column if the company had negative or barely-above-zero earnings.  If you see it under the "Annual Earnings" column that would be very odd.  Earnings can be negative, but they are never N/A, in my opinion.  Feel free to show me the reports in question if you would like.

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What happens when a company you own shares with sells their assets for a big amount?
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Can options only be used as insurance for a stock or can they also be used to make profit?
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What is the relationship between stock price and dividends?
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If a stock price is just based on market demand, is that good for long-term and early investors who will continue to enjoy a high EPS?
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