We provide investment banking, research, sales and trading, asset and wealth management, public finance, insurance, private capital, and family office services.
We are a family-owned financial services firm that values client relationships, long-term stability, and supporting the communities where we live and work.
The Stephens Story
The idea of family defines our culture, because each of us knows that our reputation is on the line as if our own name was on the door.
Our reputation as a leading independent financial services firm is built on the stability of our longstanding and highly experienced senior executives.
We are committed to corporate philanthropy; economic and financial literacy advocacy; and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Our Brand Ambassadors
Stephens is proud to sponsor the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, and PGA TOUR Champions careers, as well as applaud the philanthropic endeavors, of our Brand Ambassadors.
We host many highly informative meetings each year with clients, industry decision makers, and thought leaders across the U.S. and in Europe.
We provide fiduciary investment strategies to public-and private-sector institutional clients through asset allocation, consulting, and retirement services.
Fixed Income Sales & Trading
Decades of proven performance and experience in providing tailored fixed income trading and underwriting services to major municipal and corporate issuers.
Institutional Equities and Research
Proven industry-leading research, global market insights, and client-focused execution.
Customized risk management, property & casualty, executive strategies and employee benefits solutions that protect our clients over the long term.
We assist companies with accessing capital through innovative advisory and execution services that help firms achieve their strategic goals.
We have been a trusted and reliable source of capital for private companies for over 70 years.
Private Wealth Management
Our experienced Private Client Group professionals develop customized investment strategies to help clients achieve their financial goals.
We are a trusted municipal advisor with proven expertise in public financings. We also work with clients in negotiated and competitive municipal underwritings.
Students and Graduates
Stephens typically hires recent college or MBA graduates with professional experience and self-starter skills for research associate positions. As a research associate, you will use a variety of techniques to provide up-to-the-minute detail for company-and industry-specific news. Research associates work hand-in-hand with highly-skilled senior analysts to provide quality service to institutional clients.
Research Associates employ a variety of techniques to provide value-added research to our clients including:
Building and maintaining financial models for companies under coverage
Writing company and industry-specific research reports
Communicating with our institutional sales force and providing information to institutional clients
Developing relationships with senior management teams
Using grass roots research techniques like channel checks and participating in industry trade conferences to learn more about industry trends
Ideal candidates looking to join our research team will have these qualities:
Hard working and highly-driven personalities
Strong analytical, written and communication skills
Mentally quick on your feet, and able to think outside the box
Willingness to travel
Desire to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation
An MBA or relevant work experience
Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Stephens places associates based on department needs, the associate's skills and knowledge of the industry, and the associate's pairing with an industry’s senior analyst.
How much travel is involved?
Traveling can vary depending on the senior analyst with which he/she is paired. Associates will travel with senior analysts on some trips to tradeshows or to meet company management. Senior analysts travel much more frequently meeting with portfolio managers and company executives and when the senior analyst is traveling, the research associate will play a larger role.
What are the hours like?
We work hard to provide our clients with a best in class service. Our daily morning sales meetings begin at 6:45 a.m. CT so that we can ensure our clients have all the information they need well before the market opens.
Will I have a good chance at becoming a senior analyst?
Stephens likes to promote within and has promoted a number of research associates to senior analyst.
The Interview Process
First round interviews consist of a set of interviews with members from different areas of our capital markets group. Interviews generally occur at our Little Rock office.
Offers are made shortly after the interview process.
During your interview, be prepared to discuss:
Why you are interested in sell-side research
What about Stephens culture appeals to you
Your experience, skills, and resume
Your strengths and weaknesses
Your decision making abilities
Your accomplishments and failures and what you learned from both
How your peers would describe you
Ready to apply?
Please submit your resume and information, and we'll be in touch if it's a match for our program.