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$800M Merrill Lynch broker jumps to J.P. Morgan Securities

An advisor who managed $800 million in client assets left Merrill Lynch to join J.P. Morgan Securities, a spokeswoman said.

Michael Taggart joined the high-end wealth management firm in New York as a financial advisor and managing director, according to the company. He reports to Mike Lee, regional director.

Over the past year, J.P. Morgan Securities has pulled in a number of elite brokers and teams managing large books of business. Last month, the firm hired Jack Hafner, a Barron's top advisor and former Wells Fargo broker who once managed $1.2 billion in client assets.

One of the biggest notable losses came from Merrill Lynch, which lost a team managing $1 billion to the independent space.
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For his part, Taggart ― who focuses on serving ultrahigh-net-worth clients and family offices ― pointed to J.P. Morgan's platform's utility to his clients as a reason for making the move.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. signage is displayed at its Madison Avenue building in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. JPMorgan Chase is scheduled to release earnings data on January 14. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

"Being part of a boutique culture within a great global bank is also very attractive. This is an incredible opportunity to deliver the personalized service and tailored capabilities that the firm is known for," he said in a statement.

Taggart had been with Merrill Lynch for a decade, according to FINRA BrokerCheck records. He was previously worked at U.S. Trust, which, like Merrill, is owned by Bank of America.

A spokeswoman for Merrill Lynch could not be reached for immediate comment.

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