Edward Jones Ranks as the No. 1 National Independent Firm on Investment Executive Brokerage Report Card

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - The financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked
No. 1 in the independent category on Investment Executive's annual survey of
brokers. This is Edward Jones' 10th consecutive year appearing on the list;
the firm received seven No. 1 rankings and two No. 2 rankings since 1998.
    The financial-services industry publication surveyed randomly selected
brokers from the top 12 Canadian brokerage firms. The publication divided the
firms into four categories: boutiques, regional independents, national
independents (in which Edward Jones was categorized), and bank-owned
investment dealers. In the survey, firms were evaluated on criteria such as
ongoing training, consumer advertising, quality of mutual fund research,
pricing of fixed-income products, corporate culture and firm image.
    "At Edward Jones, we are all working towards one common goal: to help our
clients meet their financial goals. Our clear objective makes it easy for us
to support our advisors and our high ranking in this survey confirms this,"
said Gary Reamey, principal, Canadian operations. "Through our advisors' hard
work, we continue to serve serious individual investors with our proven model
of conservative long-term investments."
    This is one of several accolades the firm has received lately. Edward
Jones ranked No. 7 on the "Best Workplaces in Canada" list in Canadian
Business magazine. For the fifth consecutive year, Edward Jones was named one
of the best employers in Canada based on the annual listing in Globe and
Mail's Report on Business magazine and in La Presse. The firm ranked No. 3 in
this prestigious ranking.

    Edward Jones is a full-service investment dealer with one of the largest
branch networks in Canada. It is a member of the Investment Dealers
Association of Canada and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund, and a
participating organization of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Including its
affiliates, Edward Jones serves more than 7 million individual investors in
Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom from more than 9,000
one-broker branch offices.

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