Merrill Lynch brokers, and bullish markets for most of the past year, helped Bank of America in the second quarter reach all-time highs in wealth management revenue, profit and profit margins as well as in loans and asset management fees. One number that is not rising, though, is broker headcount: the bank's ranks of financial advisers plunged by 1,005, or 6 percent, to 15,759 from the year-ago period. That headcount number, meanwhile, includes 1,587 associates who work for Merrill ...

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