By Barbara Herman, InvestmentNews – With so much movement by top advisors, even diehard Merrill folks, who have been the industry’s most loyal over the years, are asking: “Why are so many people moving and what am I missing by staying?”
Louis Diamond Quoted – By Jake Martin and Mason Braswell, AdvisorHub – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management President Andy Sieg on Wednesday acknowledged an issue with broker attrition and sought to reassure the Thundering Herd that the wirehouse is focused on retention and making Merrill the firm “of choice.”
Louis Diamond Quoted – By Diana Britton, WealthManagement.com – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management revealed details Monday about its new advisor development training program, with perhaps the biggest change being a ban on cold-calling that will apply to the entire Thundering Herd.
Louis Diamond Quoted – By Miriam Rozen and Mason Braswell, AdvisorHub – A senior Merrill Lynch executive on Thursday underscored that the firm plans to selectively hire veteran brokers in some key markets in the coming months, a sign headhunters read as a thaw in the brokerage’s three-year retrenchment from veteran broker recruiting.
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Financial advisors who opted-in to Merrill’s CTP (Client Transition Program) are finding they are stuck in the ironclad agreement, bound by a strict non-compete and clawbacks. It’s a cautionary tale for advisors who have yet to sign on.
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – 3 years later, financial advisors are still asking: Will Merrill leave the Protocol? And if Merrill opts out, what does that mean for advisors at the firm?
By Mindy Diamond – Over the years, there have been many signs and signals sent from firms that advisors may have dismissed or ignored. As such, they also missed a chance to discern the real meaning or intent—and their opportunity to take a more strategic and proactive stance.
Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Miriam Rozen, Financial Advisor IQ – Don’t expect other wirehouses to match Merrill Lynch’s recently-sweetened payouts for retiring advisors, because Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and UBS had taken steps previously to retain senior talent. In addition, precise comparisons of the various incentives the wirehouses offer are difficult for FAs to make, say recruiters. Mindy Diamond, longtime industry recruiter and president and CEO of Diamond Consultants, suggests Merrill Lynch’s new plan may have disappointed some of its FAs.
Mindy Diamond Quoted – By Mrinalini Krishna, Financial Advisor IQ – Merrill Lynch has added a big sweetener to payouts for advisors on the brink of retirement by tweaking its Client Transition Program (CTP). The wirehouse announced Wednesday an increase in its award payouts to retiring advisors for all production levels. The award has increased by five percentage points for the lower-production tiers while the top producers ($7.5 million or more) could see their payout jump by a whopping 75 percentage points to a maximum of 275% of their trailing-12 month production.
In this special podcast episode, Vince Fertitta, breakaway Merrill executive who is now President of Sanctuary Wealth, joins the show to discuss the Merrill Lynch enhanced CTP and what it means for all Merrill advisors going forward.
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