Each year, there are several “fill-in-the-blank” fields on the Broker/Dealer of the Year ballot. One, for instance, asks which products and services reps would like to see their B/Ds add to the approved list (see the top answers on www.investmentadvisor.com). A second telling question prompts voters to share one of their darkest secrets: if they were to affiliate with another broker/dealer, which would it be, and why.

Here are the top five vote getters from this year’s balloting, and each B/D’s share of the total number of voters who expressed a “second-choice” preference:

LPL (Linsco Private Ledger) 36.6%
Commonwealth Financial Network 12.2%
Cambridge Investment Research 5.8%
Raymond James 5.7%
NEXT Financial Group 3.8%
AIG Financial Advisors 1.7%