General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> February 18, 2014

Pursuing Core Growth and Earnings Catalysts with Behavioral Finance

Crane, Ryan E.
Ryan E. Crane, CFA, is the Chief Investment Officer of Stephens Investment Management Group. He also serves as the Lead Portfolio Manager for SIMG's small-cap growth, midcap growth and small-mid growth strategies as well as their two mutual funds, the Stephens Small Cap Growth Fund and the Stephens Mid Cap Growth Fund. Prior to joining SIMG in 2004, Mr. Crane had been at AIM Capital Management since 1994, where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for the AIM Small Cap Growth Fund and the team leader for the small/mid-cap growth complex. While at AIM, Mr. Crane also served as a Portfolio Manager for various other small and midcap growth funds. Prior to AIM, Mr. Crane was an intern at the City of Houston Controller's Office, providing research on fixed income investment strategies. He held various positions at GulfMark Offshore and at Energy Ventures, now Weatherford, prior to joining AIM Capital Management. Mr. Crane received a Bachelor of Science with honors in economics from the University of Houston in 1994. He is also an Investment Counselor for the student-managed investment fund at the University of Houston's Bauer School of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is Series 7, 9, 10 and 63 registered. Mr. Crane is also an accomplished track cyclist, having won multiple U.S. National and Pan-American championships. Profile
TWST: Could you begin with an overview of the fund and your investment approach?

Mr. Crane: We always try to think about how we differentiate ourselves — one, versus competition,