BOCA RATON, Fla. — Change was the agenda at last week’s annual meeting of the Securities Industry Association, but aside from an atmosphere of uncertainty surrounding the presidential election, many of the conference’s themes sounded quite familiar.

Not surprisingly, executives from many of the largest U.S. securities firms said they believed consolidation of brokerages, banks, and insurance companies would continue to dominate headlines, driven by the need to expand product capabilities and build capital.

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