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The Baker Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned securities firms specializing in investment portfolio management for community financial institutions.

For more than a third of a century, The Baker Group has been a partner with independent community financial institutions as we’ve navigated through some fascinating and challenging times. Recognized for its leadership, integrity, innovation, and results, the firm has demonstrated its ability to provide industry-responsive techniques of investment portfolio and interest rate risk management, financial strategies, and cutting-edge proprietary software and products.

Since 1979, we’ve helped our clients improve decision-making, manage interest rate risk, and maximize investment portfolio performance. Our proven approach of total resource integration utilizes software and products developed by Baker’s Software Solutions combined with the firm’s investment experience and advice.

A History of Achievement

The business of banking has changed enormously over the years. Community financial institutions in particular are facing greater challenges and a more complex operating environment. The Baker Group’s approach to financial risk management helps clients manage their institution as a system of interrelated parts which can efficiently adapt to the changing landscape. Liquidity, investments, funding issues, and overall risk management are coordinated within a framework of total resource integration that works to optimize performance and minimize risk. These ideas were originally outlined in the 1981 publication of James V. Baker’s book “Asset/Liability Management.”

The development and application of this “systems” approach helped the company grow rapidly as Dr. Baker, ever the professor, was on the road nonstop educating banks about asset/liability management so they could make more appropriate investment decisions. After Jim’s retirement in 1989, the firm continued to innovate and grow some ten times in capital. Through the addition of substantial resources and valuable human capital, The Baker Group is now positioned better than ever to assist community based financial institutions. Our people share a common vision to deliver information, services and products of exceptional value to those with whom we share success.

Valuable Relationships

The Baker Group’s success is also seen in the company it keeps. Our partnerships with various banking organizations are particularly meaningful because they have been so beneficial to our clients and our firm, and also because of the relationships we’ve developed. This is why Baker continues to believe community bankers will not only survive — we believe the industry is well positioned to prosper going forward as large financial institutions deleverage and business moves back to smaller, more manageable community-based institutions.

After nearly four decades, The Baker Group continues to grow and evolve. Our expertise has expanded into new products and enhanced services — such as our numerous on-line educational programs, the content of our website, financial articles and newsletter, and of course our top-shelf software programs. The Baker Group — a strong partner and a sound investment firm with solid ideas for twenty-first century community financial institutions.