Founded in 1962, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (RJA) is a broker/dealer headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. The firm is a subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF), a Florida-based diversified holding company that provides financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through 3 wholly-owned broker/dealers: Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services and Raymond James Ltd. RJA was originally known as Robert A. James Investment, Inc. In 1964, Edward Raymond sold his St. Petersburg-based company, Raymond & Associates, to Robert James. The new company was named Raymond James & Associates.Raymond James is one of the largest research organizations in the brokerage industry and serves institutional investors domestically and abroad. The firm's capital markets activities are based on insightful, timely and comprehensive equity research. They publish research on over 1,000 companies in their core industries. Raymond James seeks attractive niches within broader industries and then covers these sectors deeply to develop differentiated sector expertise and relationships. Although their focus is mid- and small-cap companies, their coverage includes large, medium and small companies across each sector.Raymond James' Institutional Trading division is organized into 3 specialty departments: Sales Trading, Principal trading and Agency Trading. Their Sales Trading division covers over 800 domestic and 1,300 international financial institutions throughout North America and Europe. The firm's Principal Trading division consists of industry-focused teams and their OTC Principal Trading department makes markets in over 680 domestic stocks, 85% of which are covered by Raymond James Institutional Research department. Their Agency Trading department services the trading needs of over 5,500 financial advisors located in 2,500 retail offices across the US.RJA's equity research department focuses on industries in the consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial growth, real estate, technology and telecommunications sectors. Their fixed-income research and strategy team provides corporate, structured products and analytics, municipal and economic research to individual and institutional investors.