Robert A. James set out to create a different kind of financial services firm. Rather than “selling” certain investments, he recognized the key to long-term success was financial planning - understanding each individual’s personal needs and dreams for the future, then offering targeted solutions. He also believed that an independent approach - one that allowed financial advisors the freedom to provide unbiased advice without being pressured by sales quotas or underlying corporate agendas - was crucial to fulfilling his goal.
Today, James’ pioneering philosophy remains key to our firm’s prosperity, as well as to our reputation for leadership in the industry. It’s what drives us to constantly improve our practices, our capabilities... ultimately, our services. Raymond James was one of the first firms to provide clients with wrap-fee accounts, as well as one of the first to offer forward-looking open-end mutual fund research.
Our innovative culture has led to our tremendous growth over the years. From a single office in 1962, Raymond James has matured into one of the nation’s premier, full-service investment firms.
Although our company has undergone considerable change, our philosophy hasn’t. We remain an independent firm dedicated to placing clients’ needs first, as well as treating our financial advisors as our clients. In today’s environment, many advisors view that as an important distinction from other firms. What’s more, their clients see it the same way... which is why so many advisors continue to choose Raymond James as their partner in serving them.Raymond James & Associates Statement of Financial Condition – March 2016 (PDF) Raymond James & Associates Statement of Financial Condition – September 2016 (PDF)