Latest in retention numbers. As of early Nov 2011 there are 2550 to 2600 AGE advisors left from an original 6900 at the time of merger 4 plus yrs ago. That has to be one of the largest brokerage merger boondoggles in history. Bob Bagby and Paul Pauler have no doubt been credited numerous times over for their massive screw up. We have to thank Danny Ludeman and Jim Hays as well for their best practices, five stakes in the ground, scale and scope and other worthless verbal dribble spewed at takeover time as well. The 1000 advisor plus annual pilgrimage to other shops took place with handcuffs still in place. Can you imagine next yr with handcuffs coming off how many will flee. My guess is by y/e 2012 there will be less than 1000 AGE advisors left at WFA. No doubt Tad at BFEC, Stifel and RaJay will continue to prosper.