Most relationships between independent brokers and their firms are working out well. In WealthManagement.com’s fourth annual Independent Broker/Dealer Report Card, a survey that lets advisors from independent brokerages rate their firms on a number of factors, the average approval rating of the 22 firms surveyed was 9.0 on a scale of one (lowest) to 10 (highest).
Here, the ten highest scoring independent brokerages. These are the firms were the brokers themselves say they are most satisfied.
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How This Survey Was Conducted:
Between Jan. 10 and Feb. 3, 2014, WealthManagement.com emailed invitations to participate in an online survey to print subscribers and advisors in the Meridian-IQ database at over 80 independent broker/dealers. By Feb. 3, a total of 2,649 completed responses were received. Brokers rated their current employers on 26 items related to their satisfaction. Ratings are based on a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 representing the highest satisfaction level. They were also asked additional questions about their firms and respondents were given space to post their own opinions.