Learn More About Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.


Our Mission. To empower our financial advisors with the freedom to address their clients' needs as they see fit in an atmosphere grounded in trust, integrity and mutual respect. We are committed to client-first service, and support our financial advisors with the comprehensive resources they need to provide the informed and objective financial advice their clients deserve.

Our Approach. We accomplish our mission by aligning our employees towards the relentless pursuit of our client-first mission and vision every day. Our business model incorporates progressive technology and high-quality industry partnerships. It is a model built on a cultural foundation that is entrepreneurial, which enables us to adapt dynamically as our clients' needs change and our industry evolves.

Our Core Values. We achieve our mission and execute our approach based on generations of knowledge, conviction and success. Our character is shaped by the following deeply rooted core values – embraced by all – that have guided the Edwards family approach to business for more than 125 years.

  • The Golden Rule
    We treat other the way we want to be treated.

     
  • Independence
    We cherish and are committed to protect the company we own, the culture it fosters and the autonomy it provides to accomplish our mission.

     
  • Accessibility
    Our leadership team is approachable and available. We welcome, expect and encourage feedback from our clients and our employees.

     
  • Striving for Excellence
    We enjoy what we do and work together collaboratively to deliver superior results from our clients, employees and our shareholders. We firmly believe that our success today will drive the accomplishments of tomorrow.

     
  • Having Fun
    We wholeheartedly celebrate our successes together, and have fun doing it.

A brief look back at some of the Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. milestones, and the 130-year legacy of the Edwards family in the financial services industry.

  • 2015 – Firm has more than 50 offices and almost 200 advisors in 24 states.
     
  • 2014 – Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. crosses $15 billion in Assets Under Management.
     
  • 2013 – Firm crosses 100-advisor threshold, adds investment banking and mergers and acquisitions to its service offerings.
     
  • 2012 – Boosts advisor head count by more than 10 percent in 10-day hiring flurry. Closes year with 26 offices.
     
  • 2010 – Firm opens its 10th office nationally in Atlanta, Ga., giving it a presence in six states.
     
  • 2009 – Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. opens its first branch in Springfield, Mo.
     
  • 2008 – Tad Edwards leaves Wachovia Securities and establishes Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in St. Louis.
     
  • 2007 – Wachovia Securities acquires A.G. Edwards, the 120-year-old firm founded by Tad Edwards' great-great-grandfather and led by his father Benjamin F. Edwards III for 40 years, who stepped down in 2001.
     
  • 1977 – Tad Edwards joins A.G. Edwards.
     
  • 1971 – A.G. Edwards issues stock and goes public.
     
  • 1966 – Benjamin F. Edwards III, Tad's father, assumes leadership of A.G. Edwards from Presley Edwards, Tad's grandfather.
     
  • 1929 – Presley Edwards is named managing partner of A.G. Edwards and leads the firm through World War II and the Great Depression.
     
  • 1925 – Presley Edwards, son of Benjamin F. Edwards I, joins A.G. Edwards.
     
  • 1898 – A.G. Edwards & Sons purchases a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.
     
  • 1887 – Albert Gallatin Edwards, Tad Edwards' great-great-grandfather, establishes A.G. Edwards, with his son, Benjamin Franklin Edwards I. The firm is the only brokerage in St. Louis that works with local banks to place trades on the New York Stock Exchange.
     
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln appoints Albert Gallatin Edwards to Assistant Secretary of Treasury for the Sub-Treasury Bank in St. Louis.