Wendy started out as a sales associate for a wirehouse in the Southeast. After four years in that role, she was encouraged by the advisor she worked for to get licensed as an advisor. She had already established solid relationships with clients and knew she could learn the rest of the business. After working for three years as a junior, Wendy decided to take the clients that she had built on her own, and now eight years later, Wendy has a successful book of business with nearly $150 million in assets under management.
But this scenario is rare in this industry. Several studies have been published warning of the impending shortfall of advisors entering the field, and the growing percentage of baby boomer advisors nearing retirement.