The market crisis that began several years prompted a frantic game of musical chairs as firms and advisors sought their most competitive matches. However, with market conditions improving and an economy that continues to recover, albeit slowly, the question becomes: Will the music soon stop?

"I don't think 2011 will be the lowest level of migration. It's still heightened," says Alois Pirker, director of research for Boston-based Aite Group. "The interesting thing as we leave this crisis is what the post-crisis world will look like, and what's the new normal, what's the new landscape?"

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