The third quarter included mixed results for many of the largest Wall Street firms. Atthe corporate level, Bank of America’sprofits in the period ending Sept.30 dropped 15% from a year agoto $4.9 billion, or $0.51 per share.Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley’s jumped25% year over year to $2.72 billion, or
$1.66 per share.
Morgan Stanley’s tally is 15,469 advisors, up 70 from June 30, but down by84 from a year ago. The registered repswork with a total of $2.85 trillion inclient assets.
Advisors with Morgan Stanley havean average asset level of $184 million, and average trailing 12-month feesand commissions of $1.20 million as ofSept. 30.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has17,760 advisors, down by 128 from theprior quarter, but up 103 from last year;these figures include some advisorsworking on Merrill Edge and other BofAoperations. The overall wealth unit,which includes BofA Private Bank, has
$3.07 trillion of client assets.
The BofA wealth unit’s advisorshave average yearly production of $1.07million; veteran advisors’ 12 monthtrailing fees and commissions were
The wealth unit of Morgan Stanleyhad revenues of about $4.66 billion in Q3,up 7% from $4.36 billion in the year-agoperiod. Its net income, though, dropped
12% year over year to $842 billion.
BofA’s wealth group had revenuesof $4.55 billion in Q3 ($3.75 billion ofwhich came from Merrill), down 7%from a year ago. Its profits fell by 32%from a year ago to $749 million.
As for net new assets, Morgan Stanleyreported fee-based flows of $23.8 billion, while BofA’s wealth unit had $1.4billion of net flows in overall assetsunder management.
Meanwhile, several hundred advisorshave been included in recent layoffs atWells Fargo, which started in August. In itsthird-quarter financial report, Wells Fargosaid it ended the period with 12,908 financial advisors, down 815, or 6%, from a yearago and 391, or 3%, from the prior quarter.
“While this change [from the priorquarter] represents retirements andsome natural advisor attrition, it alsoincludes the displacement of a sizable group of salary/bonus advisorsas a result of the company’s work tobecome as efficient as we can,” according to a spokesperson.
“Wells Fargo has been transparentthat we expect to reduce the size ofour workforce through a combination of attrition, the elimination ofopen roles, and job displacements,”it explained.
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In the latest period, both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley continue to have
over 15,000 advisors, while Wells Fargo and UBS have under 13,000 each.
“While this change [from the prior
quarter] represents retirements and
some natural advisor attrition, it also
includes the displacement of a sizable
group of salary/bonus advisors … .”
—Wells Fargo spokesperson