Independence is hard. To understand why, take the case of Banyan Partners. One year ago, the cover of our annual RIA Leaders report featured Peter Raimondi, Banyan CEO and a prime example of the benefits of scale.

He bought a firm in 2009 with $220 million in AUM; by late 2013, with a combination of acquisitions and organic growth, he had brought that up to more than $3 billion.

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