We’ve all seen this movie before back in 2009 when Morgan Stanley merged with Smith Barney. The new firm’s 20,000 advisors soon began to butt heads as they tripped all over each others’ accounts. Suddenly prospecting at the local country club got a lot tougher. Advisor departures followed. Time to see how the merger of six different firms works out:
Larry Roth, the new head of Nicholas Schorsch’s burgeoning independent broker-dealer network, said he expects to have 20,000 brokers on board within five years, which could make it the largest such firm in the country.
For more info on the merger, see my last post in which I explain that the merger won’t effect YOUR job.