By acquiring A.G. Edwards, Wachovia Corp. will gain $1.1 trillion in client assets and almost 15,000 financial advisers. Wachovia shelled out $6.8 billion to buy the national brokerage.The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year and the integration should be complete by first quarter of 2009.

The combined firm will now have a national footprint of 3,350 brokerage locations, including 1,500 dedicated retail offices.

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