For the first time since 2009, the 50 biggest independent broker-dealers saw a decline in commission-based revenue. Among the top 10, seven had declining sales growth between 2014 and 2015. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of firms relying on this traditional brokerage model to make money. For example, AXA Advisors rakes in almost four times the revenue from commission accounts than fee accounts. See which firms topped the list and how they stack up year over year.
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. Take a deep dive into the data with our list of Top 10 IBDs by revenue growth
, the IBDs with the most female reps
and IBDs with the highest-fee-based revenue
Data as of year-end 2015.