|Exchange:||New York Stock Exchange|
|Stock:||Stifel Financial Corp.|
|Stifel Financial Corp., is a Deleware corporation and a financial holding company. The Company has a diversified business serving private clients, institutional investors, and investment banking clients located across the country. Its activities include: Private client Services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; Institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, and municipal finance; Investment banking services, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements; and Retail and commercial banking, including personal and commercial lending programs. The Company's operating segments include Global Wealth Management and Institutional Group. The Global Wealth Management segment provides securities transaction, brokerage, and investment services to its clients through the consolidated Stifel Nicolaus branch system and through CSA. At December 31, 2012, the Private Client Group had a network of approximately 1,890 financial advisors located in 307 branch offices in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, it has approximately 151 independent contractors. The segment's financial advisors provide investments and services, including financial planning services to its clients. It offers equity securities; taxable and tax-exempt fixed income securities, including municipal, corporate, and government agency securities; preferred stock; and unit investment trusts. It also offers externally managed fee-based products. In addition, it offers insurance and annuity products and investment company shares through agreements with numerous third-party distributors. Its independent contractors provide the same types of financial products and services to its private clients as does Stifel Nicolaus. The Institutional Group segment includes research, equity and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, public finance, and syndicate. The segment's equity sales and trading team distributes its proprietary equity research products and communicates its investment recommendations to its client base of institutional investors, executes equity trades, sells the securities of companies for which it acts as an underwriter, and makes a market in domestic securities. The Company competes with securities firms and with other financial institutions, such as commercial banks, online service providers, and other companies offering financial services. The Company, as a bank and financial holding company, is subject to regulation, including capital requirements, by the Federal Reserve. Stifel Bank is subject to various regulatory capital requirements administered by the FDIC and state banking authorities.|
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