Merrill Lynch Advisors Rumored to Leave the Firm in Large Numbers

Posted on August 25th, 2014 at 5:11 PM

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices:

Merrill Lynch still is struggling with the issue of retaining advisors. In 2007, Merrill Lynch had a total of 16,740 financial advisors. However, today it has a total of 13,276. That equates to a loss of nearly 30% since 2007.

Merrill Lynch advisors prefer to transition to two specific platforms: wire-house rivals and the growing RIA/hybrid models.  UBS, HighTower, Steward Partners, Wells Fargo and Raymond James have benefited the most from the Merrill issues.

The expiration of retention bonuses has undoubtedly freed many Merrill Lynch advisors. That said the new firms will present forgivable loans and employment agreements that should be reviewed by competent legal counsel, so that the advisors aren’t “jumping from the frying pan into the fire.”

The attorneys of Eccleston Law Offices represent investors and advisers nationwide in securities and employment matters. Our attorneys draw on a combined experience of nearly 50 years in delivering the highest quality legal services.

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