Raymond James reports July commissions and fees up 18.1% to $285.1M Total securities commissions and fees of $285.1M increased 18.1% over last year’s July and 3.8% over the preceding month. An increase in the Private Client Group was driven primarily by strong growth of assets in fee-based accounts, which are billed based on balances at the beginning of the quarter. In the Capital Markets segment, an uptick in market volatility and an active underwriting calendar in July resulted in a robust increase in institutional equity commissions, which was almost completely offset by continued declines in institutional fixed income commissions. Client assets under administration of $473.4B grew 13.3% over the prior year’s July but declined 1.2% during the month, as the S&P 500 dropped 1.5% in July. Similarly, financial assets under management of $64B increased 16.4% over the prior year’s July but declined 2% during the month.