Our vision is to be the most trusted global independent investment research provider. Period.
WHAT WE DO
Forensic accounting research and analytics that identifies public companies with deteriorating earnings quality.
Fundamental research and commentary focused on stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, sectors and industries.
Independent and bespoke research solutions to help investors make better investment and business decisions.
We expect every global team member to exemplify these values in our client interactions and workplace community:
Understanding and exceeding our global clients’ needs is the foundation of our company. We aim to develop trusted, reliable and collaborative relationships while consistently operating at the highest standards of service and delivery.
Our global clients and stakeholders trust CFRA because we are independent, ethical, diverse and transparent in how we approach our work and interactions with clients and our community. We would rather lose business than compromise our integrity.
To create value for our clients, we are not afraid to take risks and courageously expand existing markets, develop new ones, and provide analysis and decision-making that does not follow the
crowd. Our employees are forward thinking, ambitious and want to be #1 in our markets.
We set high standards, value accountability, and reward global teamwork, ownership and results. We seek to hire, train and invest in those people who are smart, hard-working, optimistic, passionate, collaborative, and focused on quality and continuous improvement.
CFRA by the numbers
Founded in 1994, CFRA consistently identifies actionable opportunities from which clients can gain an investment edge and avoid risk. Through a differentiated proprietary methodology that blends forensic accounting and fundamental equity research, CFRA empowers sophisticated investment professionals, advisers and risk managers to uniquely analyze industries, funds and companies of their interest. CFRA’s global subscribers include the world’s leading institutional investors, wealth advisors, corporations, academics and governments.
On October 1, 2016, CFRA acquired S&P Global’s Equity and Fund Research business, a leading provider of independent research and commentary with offerings focused on stocks, ETFs and mutual funds as well as sectors and industries. The Equity and Fund Research business originated in the 1920’s and has amassed a worldwide base of investing clients.
The combined firm is committed to be the world’s leading independent investment research firm with 75 global analysts, authoring in-depth qualitative research on 1,500+ companies. In addition, CFRA offers a comprehensive view on global sector themes, industries, and funds, through in-depth qualitative research on 11 Sectors, 68 Industries, 1,800+ ETFs, 22,000+ Mutual Funds, as well as quantitative company research on 11,000+ global companies.
Founded as the “Center for Financial Research and Analysis” in 1994, today our company is simply known as CFRA. However, our mission remains to be the “center” for our global clients by providing independent, differentiated and actionable analysis to help you make better investment and business decisions.
John is Vice President of Equity Research. He joined CFRA in April 2019. He is responsible for fundamental equity research and analysis covering several segments within the Information Technology and Communication Services sectors, including enterprise software and SaaS/cloud providers, Internet advertising/social media platforms, and game developers.
Prior to joining CFRA, John co-founded Samadhi Capital Partners, an investment advisor and equity research firm where he developed an investment process and framework targeted at tech sector equities, with a particular emphasis on gauging the impact of and identifying the long-term winners from artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, and related developments categorized under the larger “cognification of software” mega-trend. Before his entrepreneurial stint, he served as Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Sands Capital Management, responsible for the firm’s investments within the tech sector.
John began his career in equity research with an independent equity research firm, Precursor, where he was ranked as the top analyst covering network equipment stocks among independent research firms. He also spent the first dozen years of his career in various roles within the tech industry. During this time, he published dozens of white papers and research reports on topics ranging from network processors, Virtual LAN (VLAN) technology, and the historical evolution of enterprise application architecture.
John graduated from Harvard University with a BA in East Asian Studies.
Matthew is Vice President of Equity Research at CFRA. He is responsible for providing differentiated and actionable research and recommendations on equities in the Materials and Industrials sectors. Matthew’s areas of focus include: metals & mining, construction materials, containers & packaging, and building products. Matthew previously held the position of Industry/Equity Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Matthew joined CFRA in 2016 and S&P Global in 2014, after working on the buy-side as an Equity Analyst at London Capital Management in London, Canada, where he covered North American stocks in the Energy and Consumer Staples sectors. Prior to joining the equity research industry, Matthew worked as a Financial Analyst for companies in both the retail and fitness areas.
Matthew holds his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University and his MBA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Prior to joining S&P Global in 1989 and CFRA in 2016, Sam served as Editor In Chief at Argus Research, an independent investment research firm in New York City.
He holds an MBA in Finance from New York University and a B.A. in History/Education from Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA. He is a CFP® certificant and is a Trustee of the Securities Industry Institute®, the executive development program held annually at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
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Prior to joining CFRA, Todd previously served in other financial positions at S&P Global, such as International Mutual Fund Sector Specialist, Large Cap Value and Large Cap Growth Analyst and has served on the Fund Services Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to joining S&P Global in 2001, Todd was managing editor of Value Line Mutual Fund Survey and Senior Large Cap and Small Cap Value Mutual Fund Analyst. He was also a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.
Todd holds a B.G.S in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
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Prior to joining CFRA, Lindsey worked as an Investment Strategist with S&P Global within the Investment Advisory Services division. She worked in several different capacities at TheStreet.com before that, from helping to manage Jim Cramer’s small and mid-cap Charitable Trusts, to leading trader blog conversations and writing research. She learned the ropes as an equity research analyst at J.P Morgan and Deutsche Bank covering retail companies, and began her career in investment banking with Jefferies & Company’s Mergers & Acquisition group.
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Prior to joining CFRA and S&P Global, Tuna was a Senior Equity Analyst at Lehman Brothers, New York. He participated in key decisions by the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and was highly instrumental in managing a multi-capitalization equity portfolio, with primary focus on the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) sectors. Tuna also gained extensive global consulting experience in his previous roles at Arthur Andersen and KPMG.
Tuna earned an MBA in Finance from the Strathclyde University Business School in Scotland, U.K. He also holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from University of Nigeria as well as LL.B. (JD). Tuna is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).