Company History and Timeline

1980 – Scottsdale Securities Opens for Business

Rodger Riney in 1980

Rodger Riney drives his 1970 Chevy Corvette 1,500 miles from St. Louis to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he and a partner form Scottsdale Securities. After receiving clearance from the government, they open for business on May 1 – five years after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deregulated fixed brokerage trading fees.

1981 – Branch Expansion Begins

Rodger moves back to St. Louis and opens the second Scottsdale Securities branch.

1985 – New Commission Structure

Rodger Riney

Rodger buys out his partner and maintains the company name, Scottsdale Securities. He moves the company’s headquarters to St. Louis County, and reduces commissions to prices unheard of at the time.

1989 – Associate and Branch Growth Continues

Scottsdale Securities Inc. branch office

Scottsdale Securities now employs 16 associates in six branch offices in St. Louis; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Dayton, Ohio; Springfield, Mo.; and Southfield, Mich.

1991 – Branch Network Expands

Scottsdale Securities Inc. branch office

Scottsdale Securities’ revenue steadily climbs. There are now 15 branch offices across the country.

1994 – One of the Fastest Growing Private Companies

Scottsdale Securities Inc. associates

Inc. magazine lists Scottsdale Securities as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

1996 – New Website Launches launches, making Scottsdale Securities one of the first investing companies to offer online trading. The name Scottrade is chosen, because was already taken, and Scottrade seemed like the perfect combination.


1998 – Online Trading Takes Off

Scottsdale Securities online trading ad

The Internet enables investors to be less reliant on full-service brokers by providing a way for them to execute trades online. The volume allows Scottsdale Securities to set a new $7 price for online trades* – making it one of the lowest trade commissions in the industry.

*Online market and limit stock trades are just $7 for stocks priced $1 and above.


2000 – Name Changes to Scottrade

Old Scottrade Logo

The company changes its name from Scottsdale Securities to Scottrade Inc. to reflect the name of its website. Also this year, Scottrade begins its internship program.

2001 – J.D. Power Award Winner

2001 J.D. Power Award Winner

J.D. Power and Associates names Scottrade “Highest in Investor Satisfaction with Online Trading Services” for the first time. This award helps boost the growth of the company. In addition, Scottrade establishes an Asia Pacific Department and begins offering Chinese-speaking services.

2002 – J.D. Power Award Winner

Scottrade earns the ranking of “Highest in Investor Satisfaction with Online Trading Services” by J.D. Power and Associates for the second consecutive time.

2003 – Chinese Trading Website Launches

Scottrade launches a Chinese-language online trading site. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates recognizes the company again and the associate count exceeds 1,000.

2004 – New Corporate Headquarters

2004 – A New Corporate Headquarters

Corporate headquarters relocates to a new building in St. Louis and Scottrade’s 200th branch office opens. The investing company also launches a new trading platform, called ScottradeELITE, for active traders, and it receives its fifth consecutive honor from J.D. Power and Associates. 

2005 – Scottrade Celebrates 25 Years

Rodger Riney in his restored Corvette

For the company’s 25th anniversary, Scottrade® associates restore Rodger Riney’s treasured Corvette, which he drove to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1980. The company also receives its sixth honor from J.D. Power and Associates and begins offering low-cost institutional trading and a custodial services platform for registered investment advisors (RIAs) through Scottrade® Advisor Services.

2005 – Scottrade Introduces Scottrade® Advisor Services

For the company’s 25th anniversary, Scottrade associates restore Rodger Riney’s treasured Corvette, which he drove to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1980. The company also receives its sixth honor from J.D. Power and Associates and introduced Scottrade® Advisor Services as a custodial platform for registered investment advisors (RIAs) to make trades on behalf of their clients.

2006 – Scottrade Secures Naming Rights

Scottrade Center

Scottrade becomes the primary sponsor of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) St. Louis Blues and their home arena, “Scottrade Center.” Rodger Riney rings the NASDAQ closing bell in recognition of a partnership to offer NASDAQ TotalView® quotes to Scottrade® clients.

2007 – Branch Network Reaches Milestone

With 306 branch offices, Scottrade becomes the online investing company with the largest branch network, and forms Scottrade Financial Services, Inc. In addition, the company receives its seventh recognition by J.D. Power and Associates, and it adds a new Quotes and Research section within the Scottrade® client website to help individual investors and traders make smarter and faster decisions.

2008 – Scottrade Establishes Scottrade Bank


Scottrade opens 75 branch offices and hires nearly 1,000 associates, bringing its total to more than 2,700 associates. The growth is one of the reasons FORTUNE magazine names Scottrade on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. In addition, the company ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates for an eighth time, and it launches a new comprehensive online education center, the Scottrade® Online Community, and branch seminar program to help clients learn about trading and investing. The company also establishes Scottrade Bank and implements a Bank Deposit Program.

2009 – Scottrade® Mobile Launches

Mobile trading

Scottrade launches Scottrade® Mobile ( and expands its offerings to more than 14,500 funds, which places Scottrade among the top mutual fund providers in the industry. The company opens its 400th branch office and FORTUNE magazine recognizes Scottrade again on its list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

2010 – 30th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 30 Years

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Scottrade reaches another milestone: 500 branch offices. It also launches a company blog on its media site and for the third consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine names the company one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

2011 – Mobile App Launches

Scottrade® Mobile app

Scottrade releases a comprehensive Scottrade® Mobile app, allowing clients to research, trade and manage their accounts from virtually anywhere on their smartphone. In addition, the company introduces retail online banking services to brokerage clients through Scottrade Bank.

2012 – Scottrade Wins Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For"

FORTUNE magazine names Scottrade as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the fifth consecutive year. 

2014 – Scottrade Launches Scottrade Investment Management

Scottrade expands client experience with additional investment options through Scottrade Investment Management offering investment portfolio guidance and personalized financial advice through its Advisor AccessTM program.

2015 – Scottrade Celebrates 35 Years

Scottrade celebrates its 35th year as Scottrade Investment Management passed $1 billion in assets through guidance solutions offerings.