About Raymond James
In 1962, Bob James set out to build a different kind of financial services firm – one that would focus on long-term planning instead of simply placing trades, one that would remain uncompromisingly moderate through market highs and lows, and one that would always put clients and the advisors who serve them first. And now, after more than 59 years of integrity, independence and innovation, Bob’s different kind of firm is one of the leading independent financial services companies in the United States.
A brief history
- 1962: Robert A. James Investments merges with Raymond & Associates to form Raymond James.
- 1983: Raymond James is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, symbol RJF.
- 2008: Raymond James is one of the few firms to remain stable and profitable through the economic downturn.
- 2012: Raymond James Celebrates 50 years of client-first service.
- 2017: Raymond James is selected to be a part of the S&P 500 index.1
- 2020: Raymond James surpasses $1 trillion in client assets under administration.
From humble beginnings, Raymond James has grown to become a well-respected, widely recognized multinational firm with distinct business units that serve a variety of clients, from individuals and small business owners to municipalities and major corporations.
Raymond James focuses on doing what's right for its clients, associates and communities. And as you'll find in the firm's Corporate Responsibility Report, this commitment drives our mission to build a more sustainable future for all through environmental, social and governance best practices.
October 19, 1987: Black Monday. While other firms closed their trading desks to minimize internal losses, Raymond James kept its desks open to meet clients’ needs. Because of Raymond James’ agency-based business model and commitment to client service, this was our first, last and only unprofitable quarter since the firm went public.
We can be sure the markets will change over the next 25 years, and that our industry and firm will continue to evolve. What won’t change is our commitment to the values that have driven our success.
By the numbers*
- 134 consecutive quarters of profitability2
- Approximately 8,400 financial advisors
- Approximately $1.17 trillion in client assets
- A-, stable outlook credit rating (Fitch)3
It’s been our privilege over these past 59 years to support the goals of our clients and to give back to the communities in which we live and work – and we look forward to continuing to do so for many, many years to come. To take a “scroll” down memory lane, explore our history at RAYMONDJAMES.COM.
*As of 6/30/2021
1The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. One cannot invest directly in an index.
2Past performance is not indicative of future results. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell Raymond James Financial stock.
3A credit rating of a security is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to review, revisions, suspension, reduction or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency.
This was the pressing question on Jessica’s mind when she came in to meet with us. Like most, Jessica couldn’t even begin to calculate how much she’d need to save in order to enjoy the retirement she, at that point, couldn’t even imagine. At 50 years old, she’d been saving money in retirement accounts for quite some time, but she still didn’t know how much money she’d need to amass in order to stop working, which is the amount we aimed to provide.
When we met with Jessica to talk about retirement planning, we created a flexible retirement plan to help her form goals and objectives for the future – a vision she’d never fully articulated. As it turns out, Jessica dreamed of a retirement filled with travel – something retirees often do. Once we clearly defined her vision, we were able to calculate an amount necessary to fund her retirement goals, which included a generous travel budget.
We also talked about whether she should continue contributing to a traditional 401(k) or change her payroll deposits to a Roth 401(k). As a result, Jessica now knows how much she’ll need for retirement, has a financial plan that is adaptable to changes in her life, and is comfortable knowing she will receive guidance in the future.
What’s your question?
This case study is for illustrative purposes only. Individual cases will vary. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Prior to making any investment decision, you should consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation.