According to the 2011 Broker and Advisor Sentiment Index recently published by Fidelity Investments, investment advisers and brokers who moved to an independent firm or who started their own independent firm are more effective than ever in taking their assets with them when they switch firms. The study was conducted in late 2010. Its results showed that 1,046 respondents, including brokers and investment adviser representatives, who recently had moved to an independent reportedly took 70% of their client assets with them. In 2008, the number of total client assets taken was 61%. Moreover, the professionals reported that they voluntarily left part of their book behind.
The respondents gave further insights. More than half of them said that in the current economic climate, they found the independent model more attractive and concluded that it had the highest earning potential of all business models in the near term. Of those brokers and representatives that reportedly anticipate switching firms within the year, 63% said they would move to an independent business model, mainly for better pay. Another key change compared to the 2008 results is that larger number of teams of reps rather than individuals are making the transition to independent firms.
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