Advisors in Transition

Don't just break away, break through

Your Guide to Independence

Learn more about what to consider if you're thinking about making the switch to an independent RIA model.

Today, more and more financial advisors are choosing independence as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) – from starting their own firms to joining an existing firm or something in between. If you are thinking of transitioning your business, our Wealth Solutions business can help with the support, solutions and insights you need to establish your business and map out a long-term strategy for success.

Explore your Options

Advisors transitioning their business model have more options than ever before. Our team will help you explore your options for independence, understand the differences among various RIA models, and determine the right fit for your business objectives and aspirations.

Unlock the Benefits of Entrepreneurship


The entrepreneurial benefits of the RIA model include the freedom to create a business that matches your vision and the flexibility to choose the products, services and business methods that best suit your clients’ needs. You can:

  • Increase your “payout” by owning the P/L of your firm or partnering with an existing independent firm
  • Build the equity of your business towards a potentially sizable liquidity event in the future
  • Gain greater autonomy and control over the advisor and client experience
  • Create your own dynamic culture

Transition with Confidence


The successful transition of your existing clients is critical to your new business, though you don’t need to manage this process on your own. You and your transition specialists will work closely to develop a customized plan that ensures a seamless transition for your clients.

Ready to Get Started on your Journey?


We’ll help you move forward with confidence and guide you through the important decisions to consider when making a move. Our expertise and connections with critical consulting services will get your new business off the ground—selecting software, marketing your services, addressing legal and insurance considerations, and more

Your Guide to Independence

Learn more about what to consider if you're thinking about making the switch to an independent RIA model.

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Additional Resources


The Journey to Becoming an Independent Financial Advisor

Ben Harrison and Brian Hamburger discuss the current and future state of the independent RIA industry and what leaders should consider when mapping out their journey to independence.


Business Considerations and Decision Points

Sean Keenan and Ryan Marcus discuss business considerations for advisors as they begin their journey, including the business models and lessons learned through due diligence.


Planning, Implementation and Risk Management

Karen Novak and Sharron Ash have a conversation about the journey to advisory firm independence.


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