Fred Ruopp, Sr.

A well-grounded and thoughtful Catholic, Los Angeles-based founder and CEO of Chelsea Management Company, Mr. Fred Ruopp, Sr., is ranked by Kiplinger's as one of the top value-oriented managers in the country (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Oct 2000), managing more than a billion dollars.

Mr. Ruopp founded Chelsea Management Company ( in 1971, to provide investment counsel to individual and institutional clients. He has continuously served as the Chief Investment Officer of the firm, actively managing portfolios for over forty years. He has presided over the company’s growth from inception to is current size, managing assets of over one billion dollars.

Ruopp also chairs the firm’s Research and Investment Committee, monitoring the adherence to Chelsea’s core investment principle of selecting and following high quality fixed income and equity securities to achieve an appropriate balance of risk and return in accordance with the objectives of its clients.

Prior to founding Chelsea, Ruopp handled important retirement portfolios at the First National Bank of Chicago and spent a number of years at Lehman Brothers investment banking firm where he managed investments for the firm’s partners and their families. He was also a senior investment officer of Transamerica’s diverse insurance and investment counsel operations.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ruopp earned his MBA from Northwestern University Graduate School of Business (Kellogg). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Investment Counselor and a member of the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, the Los Angeles Financial Analysts Society and the Investment Counsel Association of America. He also holds a Senior Security Analyst designation from the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Frederick J. Ruopp has served as a member of several corporate and philanthropic boards over the years. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College (since 1982), serving as the Board’s Chairman from 1986-92, and as Chairman of the Board’s Finance Committee and of the Endowment and Investment Committee. He is a member of the Dan Murphy Foundation.


Economic Musings: Aug 29, 2009

August 29, 2009

U.S. ECONOMY Signs that the business cycle may have reached its trough strengthened as inventories were again reduced in the second quarter at a yearly pace, estimated by JP Morgan, of $162 billion.  After 10 consecutive months of decline, replacement...

Economic Outlook: July 2009

July 25, 2009

by Fred Ruopp Fred Ruopp, a veteran investor named one of the Top Value Managers in the country, a serious Catholic,  and founder of Chelsea Management, Fred Ruopp, Sr., provides a wealth of pithy insights on different economic sectors, beginning...

Economic Outlook: May 2009

June 4, 2009

U.S. ECONOMY Preliminary estimates of 2009 first quarter GDP suggest only a slight improvement from 2008’s fourth quarter (-6.1 vs. -6.3); however, the massive federal stimuli coming forward point to a possible leveling and then rebound in the quarters ahead. ...

Economic Outlook: First Quarter 2009

May 2, 2009

U.S. ECONOMY Recent economic indicators have been coming in at better than expected levels over the past month.  After falling at a 4% rate since the summer of 2008, consumer spending is expected to rise slightly in the first quarter...

Economic Outlook: February 2009

February 23, 2009

U.S. ECONOMY With prospects unclear for when a rebound in consumer activity may materialize, corporations are working hard to recalibrate their future plans while strengthening their balance sheets through tighter cash management and de-leveraging.  Until such time as the stimulus...

Economic Outlook - September 2008

September 18, 2008

U.S. ECONOMY An economy characterized by constrained credit and a retrenching consumer continues to weigh on growth.  Although GDP growth was positive into the third quarter, much of this could be attributed to the tax rebates of the spring.  It...