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Stephens operates as an advisory firm that has its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. It controls $12.3 billion in assets under management over 21,479 client accounts, placing it among the largest investment advisory firms in the nation by assets under management (AUM). It has a large group, including 253 financial advisors. Stephens does not act as a registered broker-dealer, meaning it cannot buy and sell securities for its own accounts as well as its clients' and instead has to go through a broker-dealer company to do so. Securities are exchangable financial investments like bonds, options and stocks.
Stephens administers more than half of the company's accounts on a discretionary basis. Discretionary management is a structure in which transaction decisions are made by an investment advisor without requiring client authorization. It also manages 10,130 non-discretionary accounts totaling $3.1 billion in AUM. Stephens oversees roughly $574,246 for every client account. The typical financial advisor at Stephens oversees about 85 client accounts.
The firm's main office is located at 111 Center St, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. The firm is allowed to serve clients throughout 50 U.S. states and territories.
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Number of Advisors
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Products and Services
Stephens offers multiple services, which can include financial planning services, portfolio management for individuals and small businesses, portfolio management for institutional clients, pension consulting services, selection of other advisers, publication of newsletters and educational seminars. In the past financial year, Stephens provided financial planning services to 500 of its customers. The company is engaged in selling products or offering services different than investment advisory services to its clients. The company is affiliated with one or more other service providers in the financial services industry, including with a broker-dealer or securities dealer and insurance company or agency.
Core Advisor Services
Offered by 31% of firms
Financial Planning Services
This is the process of planning for your financial future, including for events such as retirement, your child's college education or estate succession.
Offered by 46% of firms
This is the selection and management of an investment mix and portfolio strategy for individuals and small businesses.
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Market Timing Services
This is the practice of attempting to make short-term profits on investments by buying low and selling high.
Offered by 20% of firms
Selection of Other Advisors
This is the firm's assistance with choosing other advisors to work with who may have different specialties.
Offered by 3% of firms
Publication of Periodicals
This is the publication of various financial education materials.
Offered by 6% of firms
This is the hosting of seminars or workshops to educate investors on financial concepts.
Fees for financial management depend on the type of services offered. However, fees charged by the firm likely include any combination of the following fee types: asset-based, hourly, fixed, commission-based or performance-based. Stephens participates in a wrap fee program, in which the firm offers a service bundle for a comprehensive fee.
Offered by 69% of firms
Percentage of AssetsShow Explanation
This fee, which is the most common fee type charged by advisors for portfolio management, is based on the amount of assets you have under management. Also referred to as an asset-based fee, this fee typically ranges from 0.50%-2.00% of AUM annually. You'll typically pay a lower rate the more assets you have under management.
Offered by 21% of firms
Like a lawyer, a financial advisor may charge you by the hour. This can be helpful if you are only looking for short-term or one-time advice. Rates typically range from $100-$300 per hour, depending on the complexity and level of services needed.
Offered by 1% of firms
Occasionally, advisors earn commissions from selling financial products, such as securities or insurance policies, or making certain referrals or transactions. Advisors who earn commissions may be incentivized to make certain recommendations to clients in order to make a commission. Fee-only advisors do not earn commissions, while fee-based advisors may.
Offered by 26% of firms
Advisors only earn performance-based fees if a portfolio outperforms a defined benchmark. This fee may be calculated in a number of ways but most commonly is charged as a percentage of investment profits. Performance-based fees may incentivize advisors to make riskier decisions in order to generate higher returns.
Offered by 32% of firms
Fixed fees are a one-time, lump sum charged for a specific service, like the creation of a financial plan without subsequent implementation. This can be useful if you only need advice for one specific purpose, rather than a long-term advisor. Fixed fees usually range from $1,000 to $3,000.
Find one of the 0% of firms that offer this fee type
Firms generally charge this fee for educational materials provided, such as a monthly magazine. This can be useful if you want to learn about investing or financial management on your own.
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Firms can sometimes charge customers using non-traditional fee structures. See this firm's Form ADV for more details.
Types of Clients
Stephens does business with a number of different investors. It caters to retail investors, high net worth investors, banking institutions, pension plans, charitable organizations, state or municipal government entities, insurance companies, corporations and other. Out of its 21,479 clients, Stephens's largest client type by number of accounts is retail investors, but it also manages money for 1,820 high-net-worth individuals. The SEC defines a high-net-worth individual as a person who has at least $750,000 under management or a net worth of more than $1.50 million or who counts as a "qualified purchaser" (a standard met by having at least $5 million in investments). Just 1% of the firm's accounts are from outside of the U.S.
- High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 8.47%
- Other Individuals - 87.56%
- Corporations - 3.87%
- Charitable Organizations - 0.1%
* The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines a high-net-worth individual as someone who has at least $750,000 under management.
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