Hi, I was wondering if anyone could provide any input? I am currently working as a Registered Client Associate under a Financial Advisor with a BB firm(160 million AUM and about 900k annual production) We have worked together for about 6 years now and I am considering a career move into Institututional Trading ( fixed income or equities). I have given some thought on going the FA route but I'm pretty nervous about going out and getting my own clients and the pay cut I'd have to take if I went out on my own as an FA- especially for the wirehouse I work for. The FA I work for has told me that I should just stick with him so that I can get my own clients while working for him but I just don't have time to do that because his clients take up so much time. He's not going to retire until 15 more years so I don't want to wait around to inherit his book (plus inheriting is never a guarantee). If I continue what I'm doing with my guy I'd probably top out at 70-75k but I'd have the potential to maybe get my own book and go out on my own one day. I'm honestly 50/50 with how much I like both trading and PWM. If I leave to take ajob as an institutional trader are the opportunities there to make just as money (if not more) than an FA? Also, what are the other career opps as a trader?. YES I know the differences between the am truly 50/50 split. Would I be giving up a good thing in PWM if I go to the institutional side??