What do UBS and Edward Jones have in common? At first blush, not much. One is a subsidiary of a huge Swiss bank and focuses on ultra-high-net worth clients in major markets. The other -- based in the Midwest -- is known for its tiny, one-man offices, especially in small towns and rural areas. One spent the past few years losing financial advisors hand-over-fist, while the other is like Hotel California: Nobody ever leaves.

But there is one common thread, at least temporarily. Those two brokerage companies saw the biggest increases in advisor compensation in recent years for their top producers.

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