Raymond James & Associates along with a Milwaukee-based investment firm, Robert W. Baird & Co. reached a settlement over penalties regarding wrap fee compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week.
The SEC had charged the long established St. Petersburg, FL-based investment firm with violating Section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and Rule 206(4)-7 by failing to comply with stated regulations concerning wrap fees. Raymond James agreed to pay $600,000 in penalties following the settlement, in accordance with SEC orders.
The SEC’s investigation found that Raymond James had failed to establish policies and procedures regarding what commissions are charged to clients when sub-adviser trade their investments with broker-dealers outside wrap fee programs. Wrap fees are comprehensive, straight-forward charges levied by an adviser to a client in exchange for bundled investment services.