Ralph W. Cole IV, CFA
Ralph Cole, CFA, is a member of the firm’s equity team and Investment Policy Committee. Cole is our global financials analyst and is the lead portfolio manager on our REIT and International investment strategies. He also assists in the management of our industrials sector.
Before joining Ferguson Wellman in 1998, Cole worked as an investment officer for U.S. Bancorp of Oregon and Washington, and as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch. While pursuing his master’s degree, he worked at Payden & Rygel Investment Council in Los Angeles, where he assisted in the development of two mutual funds.
Cole earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and received his B.S. in finance and marketing from the University of Oregon.
Cole is a member and past president of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Portland; past president and current board member of the Oregon Club of Portland; treasurer and board member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter; and investment committee member for the Multnomah Athletic Club. Cole is also past chair of United Way Newleaders Steering Committee.
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