It’s not just your clients who are getting ready for retirement — it’s your colleagues, too.

According to Boston-based consulting firm Cerulli Associates, 36 percent of brokers at the end of 2009 were age 55 or older — a percentage that has been increasing over the past few decades. Meanwhile, the total number of financial advisors in the U.S. slipped 1 percent to 334,000 between 2004 and 2009.

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