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My transition

in numbers

6 years at the independent broker-dealer (IBD) | 2 months total transition time
97% clients retained during transition

My best advice

with Stephen Rischall

It’s really important to have a plan in place as you’re going independent. For my partner and me, plotting out our path ahead of time helped us stay on track and kept our transition smooth and efficient. I urge other advisors who are looking to become RIAs to work with a custodian that will help you build a timeline that works for you and your clients. Give yourself reasonable goals so that you always know what’s up ahead and can keep your stress levels low.
Planning up front will also give you an opportunity to better research the RIA model and get a clearer idea of what life will be like moving forward. The process may not always be easy, but for us, it was worth it in the end. Because when it’s all said and done, you can look back at everything you’ve accomplished and think, “Wow. Look how far I’ve come.”
Stephen Rischall

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