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There are about $5 trillion of assets parked in traditional stock brokerage firms, but they're not likely to stay there. Every month, clients move some of their money to independent firms with fewer conflicts of interest. Brokers who want more control are moving their books of business, too.

In these Breakaway Stories, you'll find instructive, encouraging and sometimes funny stories about these breakaway brokers and their clients. The information in the stories is accurate as of the date of publication. We hope these tales are useful for breakaway prospects and for people interested in luring wirehouse talent to their firms.

20 months in: A field dispatch from an advisor who started an RIA in a strange city with no clients



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Why a $2 billion advisor bolted Goldman Sachs' $26 billion, Albany-based RIA and subtracted 12,000 commuting miles



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Why two women advisors broke two unwritten breakaway rules en route to taking $500 million to a $3-billion RIA



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The odd case of MetLife's claim that it's being bullied by LPL



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