BAIRD ROBERT W & CO INC /WI/ Profile
Baird Robert W & Co Inc. is financial services company that operates as the principal subsidiary of Baird Financial Corporation within the U.S. The company can trace its history back to 1919 as the securities arm of the First Wisconsin National Bank. The company would become independent in 1934 and change its name to The Securities Company of Milwaukee. It would join the Midwest stock exchange three years later and change its name again to the Wisconsin Company in 1939. The company would then become the first Wisconsin based company to join the NYSE and become a leading regional firm in retail equities in the 1950s. The company would then merge with Reinholdt & Gardner in St. Louis in 1978, making it the largest regional investment banking firm in the nation. Although the company would suffer from the stock market crash of 1987, Baird would be one of the three firms that had 0 investment violations. Baird Robert W & Co Inc. would then growing organically, expanding its reach into China and other countries, and through acquisitions, including its most recent McAdams Wright Ragen Inc. merger in 2014. Baird Robert W & Co operates through five segments: Private Wealth Management, Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Fixed Income Capital Markets and Baird Capital. The company currently has over 3,000 that provide services to over 55,000 clients. Baird Robert W & Co currently holds over $75 billion in total assets under management spread across 80,000 accounts with 50,000 accounts being discretionary and the rest being non-discretionary, making up approximately $55 billion and $20 billion in assets, respectively, and both of its total accounts and total assets under management have more than doubled in the past 5 years. Baird Robert W & Co currently offers a variety of funds including its Aggregate Bond. All Cap Growth, Ultra Short Bond, and Core Plus Bond funds.