Online brokerages and self-directed investment platforms had a strong showing across generations in a recent study by Boston-based research firm Aite Group.

The survey measured the investment tendencies among three groups with over $25,000 in investable assets: retirees, pre-retirees more than 10 years away from retirement and pre-retirees less than 10 years away. Results showed that while reliance on advisors generally increased with age, roughly 85% of pre-retirees were "extremely self directed," and that number is on pace to last into their retirement years.

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