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.
By Deborah Aronson – Consider this: You’re the senior most advisor on a multi-generational team managing nearly a billion in assets at a firm you’ve been with for three decades. Over the years, you’ve assembled a stellar group of seasoned, mid-career advisors, as well as several more junior partners. And it’s a great team—clients consistently acknowledge the high level of service they receive.
By Mindy Diamond – Rumors are swirling that a Merrill retention package for their advisor elite is pending announcement. And while Merrill and other wirehouse advisors feel they are in line for a retire-in-place program like that of Morgan Stanley, certain realities simmer in the background, the most prominent being, “There is no free lunch.”
By Wendy Leung – Succession planning has become a hot topic, driven by an aging advisor population and the anticipated wave of retirements coming in the next decade. Planning for one’s next chapter is the best way to ensure the legacy an advisor has worked so hard to build can continue well into the future.