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.
By Louis Diamond – It’s not surprising that the RIA space often garners the lion’s share of attention both in the media and with advisors considering their next chapter. Yet in a rapidly changing landscape, IBDs have been working hard to evolve their business models and position the firms – and their advisors – for a new chapter of success.
By Allison Brunwasser – In a previous article, With Demand Comes Supply, Deborah Aronson discussed how service and platform providers have evolved to serve the needs of a growing population of prospective breakaways in the $50 to $150mm range—and advisors in this constituency who are seeking independence now have plenty of options to choose from. Yet with optionality often comes “choice overload”—that is, with all the available options, many advisors get stuck when attempting to discern one provider from another.
By Barbara Herman and Allie Brunwasser – If you’re one of a growing number of advisors who have come to the realization that your future is to be the owner of an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm, you may think the biggest decision has been made. But now comes the question of how to get from here to there.
By Wendy Leung – Many wirehouse advisors are intrigued by the idea of gaining greater freedom and control over their business, but don’t seriously consider going independent because they think it means being alone in an office bogged down by operations and minutia. The good news is that as the industry landscape has expanded, advisors can easily find support, resources and community in the independent space. Here are a few options to consider: