Fidelity Investments said Thursday that nearly 120 brokers and teams with $8 billion in assets went independent through its financial services in the first nine months of 2010, representing a 26% of average assets per breakaway.
Of the nearly 120 individual brokers and teams that transitioned to independence, five had assets in excess of $500 million, according to Fidelity. The average level of assets is roughly $67 million.
Fidelity also said that of this group 45% started their own RIA firm, and that the average asset level was 57% than for those staring at RIA during the same period last year. The remaining breakaways (more than 55%), either joined a broker-dealer client of National Financial, Fidelity’s correspondent clearing business, or joined an existing RIA on Fidelity’s platform.
“Not only do we continue to see a significant number of brokers going independent, but we also are seeing more assets move with each broker,” said Michael R. Durbin, president of Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services in a press release.