The Art and Science of J. Reed Murphy
The Art and Science of J. Reed Murphy

The Art and Science of J. Reed Murphy





The Art and Science of J. Reed Murphy

A profile of TC Wealth Partners’s new Chief Investment Officer.

Foaling season usually started early in January and continued through April.

Reed Murphy’s family had ten broodmares and thirty thoroughbreds overall in their stable, each mare with a camera to watch for signs of labor during foaling season. The family took turns staying up to watch the cameras all night long. Sometimes on a school night, Reed’s vigil would last to morning, until the veterinarian made sure the foal had arrived safely.

“I learned hard work,” Reed says, “cleaning those stalls, and getting kicked and bit by horses. I guess that’s where my drive and determination came from early on.” It certainly paid off in Reed’s career. He has held a variety of high impact executive roles in the industry, including serving as chairperson of the investment policy committee that oversaw investment advice to one of the nation’s largest investment firms with over 2.3 million households and approximately $690 billion in assets.

Reed brings this rich investment history to his role as the Trust Company’s new Chief Investment Officer.

With 24 years in the wealth management industry, he graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a degree in finance and holds an Investment Strategist Certification, an Alternative Investment Certification, and a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business.

The ethic of hard work and the liberal arts

It was in the middle of grade school that Reed moved to a small town outside of St. Louis with no more than 4,500 inhabitants. Feeling like a bit of an outlier, Reed threw himself into his schoolwork and sports such as baseball, football, and basketball. Reed’s summers, however, were a bit less scholastic, and far more work.

Reed’s family owned a number of businesses, including a horse breeding and racing business. Reed spent summers cleaning horse stalls, beginning at 7:00 am. Days entailed feeding the horses, putting them to pasture, mowing fields, weed whipping and mending fence lines.

Reed was similarly determined in the classroom. While at St. Louis University, a Jesuit college, Reed was required to take a handful of classes in religion, philosophy, and logic. Reed says he loved the liberal arts. A naturally inquisitive person, sometimes called an old soul and a seeker, Reed loved the idea of asking questions of questions.

One of his college professors almost convinced him to switch out of business school to major in philosophy/religion. Instead, Reed applied his love of logic and ability to synthesize complex ideas towards investments, and has found a great passion for it.

“With investments, it’s like you are searching for more information to be successful,” says Reed. “It’s the art and the science. The science is the mathematical financial metrics, and the art is the management of people’s expectations relative to what’s most important for them.” As the Trust Company’s CIO, Reed is thankful for the opportunity to study the complexity of investments and make them understandable, while creating solutions for clients that make a difference in their portfolios and, ultimately, their lives.

Today, Reed is helping his twin sons decide on the path they want to follow themselves as they work the college application process. One is analytical and wants to be an engineer, while the other oscillates between healthcare and business. Reed also has a bubbly 12-year-old daughter who is a stellar softball player. When asked what he is most proud of, Reed says that without a doubt, it’s his children, adding, “It is amazing to watch them mature into well-adjusted, caring, and responsible individuals.”

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