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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    Financial Planning, Investing, Stocks
Is reinvesting the interest earned every cycle on a four-week treasury bill (T-Bill) with an interest rate of 1.49%, and annual returns yielding 21.2% on the initial principal, a good investment strategy?
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Sorry, it doesn't work that way.  (I wish it did.)  The 4-week rate is annualized..  That is, if you buy a 4-week bill and roll it over every month (and interest rates don't change) you will have 1.49% more at the end of the year.  Not 21%.  At the end of a month (at 1.49% P. A.) you will have 0.123% more.

I will add that 1.49%, after taxes and inflation, is a negative return -- guaranteed loss.  You will have less purchasing power at the end of the year than you do now.  You can earn much more income than that from your investments but please understand what the risks are and decide that you can tolerate them.  

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