The author of "Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World," Winthrop H. Smith Jr., son of Merrill Lynch pioneer Win Smith, gives On Wall Street his take on the era of “Mother Merrill,” and weighs in on the storied firm, which just completed its 100th year.

What was it like for advisors to work during the storied days of “Mother Merrill”?

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