The breakaway broker phenomenon continues at Columbia State Bank, Tacoma, where the brokerage unit has hired three wirehouse veterans over the past six months, and the $5 billion-asset bank may not be done.

"I'm getting more inquiries," said Dean McSweeney, manager of the bank's investment unit, which is a PrimeVest Financial Services program. "We're talking with two additional candidates right now, both of them dissatisfied wirehouse brokers."

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