SEC investigations found that St. Petersburg, Florida-based Raymond James & Associates and Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. failed to establish policies and procedures necessary to determine the amount of commissions their clients were being charged when sub-advisers “traded away” with a broker-dealer outside the client’s wrap fee program. As a result, the firms’ financial advisors were unable to provide information to their clients about the magnitude of these costs and failed to consider these costs when determining whether the sub-advisers or the wrap fee programs were suitable for clients. Certain clients were not even aware that they were paying additional costs beyond the single wrap fee they paid for bundled investment services. Raymond James will pay a $600,000 penalty to settle the charges against it. Baird will pay a $250,000 penalty. SEC
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