Financial advisors are now in the driver's seat when it comes to how they want to practice, thanks to the competition for top talent that has stayed strong in the wealth industry this year, according to the eight panelists who attended our annual Recruiters Roundtable in New York in January. Financial advisors looking to switch firms have their pick among the wirehouses, regional, boutique, and independent firms who are eager to embrace them. Which firms are up, and which firms are down? Our recruiters share their picks in the pages ahead, and lay out what kind of hiring strategies will fare best long term. Hint: it's all about training and succession planning.

Lorie Konish/OWS: Last year our roundtable predicted a strong year for recruitment in 2012. How has this year been for your business?

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