Slideshow Top 10 Stories of 2012

  • December 21 2012, 2:52pm EST

On Wall Street Top 10 Stories of 2012

From social media’s growing influence in wealth management firms, to a look at the top 40 advisors under 40, Wall Street has undergone some rapid changes in 2012.

Our readers, as if sensing a growing shift in culture and practice, generated significant attention to some of the biggest stories of the year.

Here are On Wall Street’s Top 10 Stories of 2012.

Wealth Management Firms See Social Media Influence Growing

Wealth management firms are still gradually introducing their financial advisor forces to social media, but three years from now they fully expect the new medium to have fully taken hold in the industry.

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Raymond James Rising

New RJA President Tash Elwyn takes the helm and Morgan Keegan advisors sweep in.

Counseling Clients Through Mental Illness

Personal experience has prompted one Ameriprise advisor and his team to build an unexpected niche.

The Top 10 Branch Managers of the Year

Talking to the leaders on the front lines of the financial advisory industry.

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Olympic Athletes Turned Financial Advisors

The Olympic Games have been a training ground for some into a second career as a financial advisor. On Wall Street caught up with several of those advisors as this year's games heat up in London. Take a look at who they are, the challenges they faced as athletes, and how that prepared them for their advisory careers.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Becomes Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

It's the end of an era. Morgan Stanley announced its U.S. wealth management business, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, has changed its name to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Same-Sex Couples: The Emerging Client Niche

Advisors are helping gay and lesbian clients face the unique barriers to achieving their financial goals.

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Let the Games Begin: Merrill Lynch Versus Morgan Stanley

As Merrill Lynch intensifies its hunt to grab top financial advisory talent away from Morgan Stanley, some recruiters say more Morgan Stanley advisors are considering a transition.

Credit Suisse Plans to Expand Its Americas Business

Anthony DeChellis, Credit Suisse's CEO of Private Banking Americas, has big plans for hiring and expanding assets.

This Year’s Annual Ranking of Top 40 Advisors Under 40

In On Wall Street's sixth annual ranking, the young hotshots of The Street talk clients and strategy. Here's how this year's top 40 advisors under 40 conquered a tough market.