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Edward Jones named top broker by natioinal magazine

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Edward Jones has been named the No. 1 full-service broker by SmartMoney Magazine, receiving high marks for client satisfaction, client statement and stock-picking.

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"Across-the-board strength vaults Edward Jones into first place," according to the magazine. "The St. Louis-based firm ranks first in three survey categories this year: stock picking, brokerage statement and customer satisfaction."

The magazine lauded Edward Jones for growing the number of financial advisors, up more than 500 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 United States 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" in 2010, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com.

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