BOSTON — When it comes to who they turn to for financial planning, brokerage firms followed by independent advisors were the top two choices for consumers, according to a wealth management study from Aite Group.

In its study, The State of a Retiring Nation, Aite Group surveyed 505 people in the United States who were either within five years of retirement (pre-retirees) or within five years of having been retired (retirees) on their confidence with their retirement savings and the current level and future needs of financial planning. Of respondents, 251 were pre-retirees and 254 had retired.

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