Financial advisors expecting radical, across-the-board changes from last year's compensation plans will be largely disappointed. Instead, wealth management firms — coming off a banner year — are looking to repeat that success by tweaking their comp plans: Thresholds will rise, but ever so little; awards will grow too, if only a point or two.

While each individual change can appear negligible, taken together they add up, and advisors — especially at the upper echelons — will see more money in 2014. But the modifications are also attempts by the wirehouses and regionals to alter behavior and press for more growth.

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