More and more financial advisors with broker dealer affiliations are questioning their B/D-only relationship. We are at a unique time in history, where the demands of clients, financial advisors, and the financial service industry providers are all changing simultaneously. Many Broker/Dealers have become behemoths; if you do not have a big voice, you will quickly get lost in the shuffle. Clients want more of everything – service, technology, investment products, and quality service – all at an ever-lower cost. In the independent B/D space, there is an increasing number of mergers and acquisitions that are giving rise to super aggregators: Advisor Group, Cetera, and LPL.