Become an RIA in

4 simple steps

Whether you’re still contemplating the switch or have made the decision to give it a go, it’s important to get a good grasp on how to become an independent RIA—a process that could be simpler than you think. In this guidebook, we’ll give an overview of these steps and explain:

 

  • The business models that are available and suggestions for choosing the path that’s right for you
  • How to navigate technology options, the hiring process and marketing
  • The different ways to transition your clients and move accounts
  • Strategies to help your business grow after transition

Meet advisors like you who have
successfully transitioned

Todd Resnick

He joined his partners to break away and do things on their own terms.

Stephen Rischall

He left his independent broker-dealer to start his own firm and experience true freedom.

NextGen Advisors

Hear from advisors who know about how the RIA model is perfect for NextGen talent.

Joining a Firm

Hear from an advisor who joined a firm after going independent.

Gerald Loftin

After 12 years at his independent broker-dealer, he decided enough was enough.

Operational Efficiency

Hear from an operations pro about how to streamline your new firm's operations to provide a seamless customer experience.

Bob Rall

He left the wirehouse to build deeper relationships with his clients.

The Fong Brothers

They turned their family values into a strong foundation for a growing and successful firm.

Ryder Brose

He used the RIA model to put his clients first.

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Become an RIA in

4 simple steps

From choosing the right business model to helping your firm thrive after transition, you may have a lot of questions about becoming an independent RIA. Get the answers you’re looking for in our guidebook, Becoming an Independent RIA.

Additional resources
to help you on your journey

Slideshow

Retaining Clients in Independence

Many Advisors delay making the switch to the RIA model out of fear that they'll lose clients. Learn how to communicate your transition to clients and continue your relationship in independence.

Guide

Key Decisions for Independence: Mapping Your Start in the RIA Model

Choosing to become an RIA involves a lot of decisions—but having a road map makes them easier to manage. Read this guide to learn about key milestones in independence.

Guide

Compliance in Independence

Keeping up with laws and regulations is something you'll need to be aware of as an independent RIA, but it's not unmanageable. Learn more from industry leader Blane Warrene in this article.

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M&A on the Horizon: Ready to Grow Your Firm?

If it’s time to start thinking big(ger), we can help. Learn about what you need to do to prepare for M&A at your firm.

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