The latest J.D. Power and Associates' survey of investors with full-service brokerage firms found that RBC Wealth Management ranks highest, the group said Thursday. RBC has an investor-satisfaction score of 814 on a 1,000-point scale, while Charles Schwab is second with 805. Fidelity Investments ranks third with a score of 796.
The average score for the industry is 772, up from 769 last year. Among the wirehouse firms, only UBS tops this satisfaction level. Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Wells Fargo Advisors fall below it, as they did in 2010.
J.D. Power says the study, now in its ninth year, measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service firms in seven areas: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution. The results were based on responses collected in March from more than 4,200 investors.
“RBC should be quite proud,” said Chip Roame (left), head of Tiburon Strategic Advisors, in an interview. “Having acquired and assimilated several firms seems to have worked for the firm. For two years in a row, it’s been in the top two.”
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"The performance of 'discounters' Schwab and Fidelity is also impressive,” Roame said. Schwab moved from the fourth-best performance in 2010 to the second-best performance, while Fidelity improved from the seventh-best result last year to the third-best spot.
“Competition is heating up with higher scores – or happier investors!” the consultant added.