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James M. McLaughlin, CIMA® Managing Director Senior Vice President, Investments

Jim is a founding member and Managing Director of Princeton Wealth Advisors (PWA) of Raymond James. He previously served as a first vice president of investments and a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, where he focused on advising high-net-worth clients for 15 years. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Jim spent 10 years as a financial advisor at Prudential Securities.

Before entering the financial services industry, Jim was employed in various positions with the Marriott Corporation. His last role was as a senior financial analyst where he became acquainted with Wall Street by virtue of analyzing many research reports on the airline and hospitality industries.

In 2002 Jim earned the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation offered through the Investment Management Consultants Association and The Wharton School of Business.

Jim has been recognized by:

  • Forbes Top Wealth Advisors in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 as well as the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth advisors in 2018 and 2021, #1 Best in State for Southern NJ, 2019 and #2 Best in State for Southern NJ 2020
  • Financial Times as one of the Top 400 Advisors across the United States in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Barron’s Top 1200 Advisors in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • In 2017, Jim was named to the Irish America Wall Street 50.

In addition, Jim is a member of Raymond James Chairman’s Council* (2008-2020) and holds the Series 7, 9, 10, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Jim received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and economics from Montclair University and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University. He currently resides in Vero Beach, FL and Newtown, PA with his wife, Meg.

Chairman's Council - Membership is based mainly on assets under management, education, credentials and fiscal year production. Requalification is required annually. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor's future performance. No fee is paid in exchange for this award/rating. The Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (April 2020). To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 10 years of experience and at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM) and no more than 60% of the AUM with institutional clients. The FT reaches out to some of the largest brokerages in the U.S. and asks them to provide a list of advisors who meet the minimum criteria outlined above. These advisors are then invited to apply for the ranking. Only advisors who submit an online application can be considered for the ranking. In 2020, roughly 1,040 applications were received and 400 were selected to the final list (38.5%). The 400 qualified advisers were then scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, years of experience, industry certifications, and online accessibility. AUM is the top factor, accounting for roughly 60-70 percent of the applicant's score. Additionally, to provide a diversity of advisors, the FT placed a cap on the number of advisors from any one state that's roughly correlated to the distribution of millionaires across the U.S. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. The FT, Ignite Research, and Money-Media, I Inc. are not affiliated with Raymond James. In 2019, roughly 960 applications were received and 41.7% (400) were selected for the final list. In 2018, roughly 880 applications were received and 45.5% (400) were selected for the final list. In 2017, roughly 790 applications were received and 50.6% (400) were selected for the final list. In 2016, roughly 980 applications were received and 40.8% (400) were selected for the final list.

Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2020. Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. The rankings are based on data provided by over 4,000 individual advisors and their firms and include qualitative and quantitative criteria. Factors included in the rankings: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor's future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James.

The Forbes ranking of America's Top Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience. Ranking algorithm is based on quality of practice, including: telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on the ranking. Research Summary (as of August 2019): 30,691 Advisor nominations were received, based on thresholds. 12,258 Advisors were invited to complete the online survey. 12,498 Advisors were interviewed by telephone. 2,279 Advisors were interviewed in-person at the Advisors' location. Final list of the top 250 Advisors was then compiled based upon the quantitative criteria. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating.

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of approximately 32,725 nominations, more than 5,000 advisors received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor's future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients' experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC. Please visit https://www.forbes.com/best-in-state-wealth-advisors for more info. In 2020, out of approximately 32,000 nominations, more than 4,000 advisors received the award.