Firm has no plans to pull out of the Broker Protocol, a senior executive said after Merrill Lynch Wealth Management reported its highest third quarter of revenue since being bought by Bank of America.
After multi-year cessation, the wealth management unit of the Canadian bank restores its retirement account match for brokers and makes no changes to its 2019 payout plan.
After payout cuts last year, firm tells its approximately 3,100 employee-brokers that it won’t rock the boat in the upcoming compensation plan.
Hull reminds brokers that non-solicitation agreement will govern those who leave after accepting bonuses.
Firm applauds success of 2018 comp plan focused on new-asset and account, despite pay clawbacks from almost 4,900 advisors.
In push to get brokers to use financial plans and adopt asset-gathering technology, firm adds grid payout points for each customer with a plan and boosts revenue credit for each customer that makes firm its primary commercial bank.
Aggressive offer includes potential for top-quintile brokers to receive 320% of their trailing-12 production over four years, including 170% upfront in cash.
Co-head of wealth management business warns of tough second quarter but says firm is content with its hiring, compensation and technology strategies.
As firms wrestle with effects of their recruiting cutbacks, they parse ways to stimulate productivity through ‘organic’ growth.
Firm’s 2017 compensation plan would have reduced production credits to advisors buying books from retiring colleagues.