NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of legacy Bank of America brokers may form the next wave of departures from Merrill Lynch after many recently pocketed their retention bonuses, recruiters and former brokers say.

While plenty of attention is paid to the hundreds of Merrill brokers who quit since BofA acquired the firm in 2008, citing the negatives of working for a big bank, recruiters expect similar numbers to leave out of roughly 1,000 Merrill brokers who had worked for Bank of America Investment Services.

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