By Annie Gasparro A DOW JONES NEWSWIRES COLUMN
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The steady, if sometimes exaggerated, trend of wirehouse advisers shifting to independent brokerages is proving to be more than just a passing fad.
The independent channel took in about 90 advisers from the four major wirehouses last month, while those wirehouses only hired 25 brokers from independents, according to research firm Discovery’s report on registered representative movement for January.
The four wirehouses are Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Bank of America Corp.’s (BAC) Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Advisors, and UBS Wealth Management U.S. Their biggest indie competitors lately: LPL Financial Corp., Ameriprise Financial Services and Raymond James Financial Services. Continue reading…