Down the road from Chester Gap in Front Royal, financial adviser George Karnes II has something to brag about:
“Across-the-board strength vaults Edward Jones into first place,” according to the Smart Money magazine, whose annual survey ranked the company as the country’s No. 1 full-service broker. “The firm ranks first in three survey categories this year: stock picking, brokerage statement and customer satisfaction.”
Karnes said his Front Royal location has been open two years at 115 N. Royal Ave., and sees “a fair amount” of clients in Rappahannock County. “I have been really working hard to extend my business to the Rappahannock County area,” Karnes said. “In fact I have a meeting with one down there this afternoon.”
Karnes says most of his clients come from the northern end of the county. “People in the south end generally go to the [Edward Jones] office in Culpeper, and people on the east side to the one in Warrenton.”
The magazine lauded Edward Jones for growing the number of financial advisors — up more than 500 nationwide since last year — to meet investor needs.
The firm has consistently been ranked highly in the SmartMoney survey as No. 2 in 2009 and 2008 and No. 1 in 2007 and 2005.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada.
Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals — from college savings to retirement — and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
Edward Jones, which ranked No. 2 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” earlier this year, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Web site is www.edwardjones.com.