When it comes to freedom and control, there are key differences amongst the independent broker dealer (IBD) and registered investment advisor (RIA) spaces that every advisor should be aware of.
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By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – No doubt that changing market conditions, looming regulatory and tax law modifications, asset allocation and client requirements weigh heavily on the minds of all advisors—but for those considering change, there’s even more that they’re losing sleep over.
The Real Cost of “Waiting it Out”—Why Holding Out for the “Ideal Time” to Make a Move May Not be the Best Idea
By Mindy Diamond, WealthManagement.com – For many advisors, it’s momentum vs what could be “a chance of a lifetime.” Business is booming, and life is good. Certainly, much may have changed at your firm in the last year or so—some of which may even be for the better.
By Deborah Aronson – Advisors choose to move from one wirehouse to another for a number of reasons, not the least of which is their turnkey nature and brand cachet. In the last few years, though, a new motivator has emerged: the desire to make an interim move before making the leap to independence.
By Mindy Diamond – While many advisors are drawn to the freedom and control that independence offers, there are those for whom it may not be the “right” path.
By Joshua Tomolak – In a world that seems to focus on billion-dollar firms making the leap to independence, advisors at a lower asset threshold are wondering how they too can gain greater freedom and control. Here are 4 solid options.
By Wendy Leung, ThinkAdvisor – As the interest in attaining freedom, flexibility and control continues to surge among advisors, new independent models are being born at a rapid pace to accommodate them, providing more choice than ever before.
Investing in Independence: How Investors in Wealth Management Firms are Helping Wirehouse Advisors Make the Leap
By Louis Diamond, WealthManagement.com – Traditionally, a wirehouse advisor looking to monetize his business had few choices: Either move to a firm paying a “recruiting deal” or signing on to his firm’s sunset program. But what are the options for entrepreneurial advisors looking at the independent space but still needing capital? Actually, quite a few.
By Deborah Aronson, WealthManagement.com – Long before the pandemic hit, the independent space was gaining traction among advisors craving greater control over their business lives along with a better way to serve clients. Yet, there’s a population of advisors who watched from the sidelines as their respected colleagues made the leap. That is, advisors who had growing frustrations with their firms’ and yearned for the freedom and flexibility of independence, but were besieged by concerns about leaving the comfort, familiarity and infrastructure of the brokerage model.
By Louis Diamond – While bigger isn’t always better, the fact remains that smaller independent practices can benefit by understanding the example set by larger firms when it comes to “scale.” Simply put, most larger RIAs have optimized the management of capital, infrastructure, buying power and resources, resulting in a well-oiled machine that has mastered an optimal balance of organic and inorganic growth.
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