Go independent, your way

Whether you're drawn to the independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) model because you want to better serve your clients, keep more of what you earn, or build your legacy, Schwab can help you find your unique path.

Support and resources to help you run your business

No matter where you are in the process of becoming an RIA, from making the transition to growing your firm, Schwab has tools and expertise to help you reach your goals.

Powerful technology built for RIAs

Streamline your back-end operations with flexible tech platforms that offer powerful performance, so you can focus on serving your clients.

Financial solutions to fit your clients' needs

Elevate every client portfolio with investment products that can flex to meet a range of financial needs, including those of high-net-worth clients.

Actionable business support

Take your firm to the next level with programs, education, and assessment tools, all designed specifically for RIAs.

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Exceed the needs of high-net-worth clients as an independent RIA

Cater to the complex needs of your most sophisticated clients with a suite of products and services for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth investors.1

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Want to learn more about the independent RIA model?

After helping thousands of advisors transition to independence, we're confident that we can help answer your most pressing questions about the RIA model.

Better economics, greater autonomy, and the ability to build financial value in an independent business are some of the benefits investment advisors cited after going independent.Learn more about the benefits of becoming an independent financial advisor.

Whether you want to work for an existing RIA firm or build your own from scratch, look for options that match your priorities. The five core RIA business models allow you to:

  • Join an RIA as an employee
  • Affiliate with an established RIA
  • Share firm ownership with an equity partner
  • Outsource tasks to a platform provider
  • Create your own RIA firm

A Schwab Business Development Officer can help you determine which option is right for you and provide you with support and guidance throughout your transition.

Factors like industry experience, technology, security, education, business development resources, and other high-value services can make the right custodian a game changer for your practice. Learn how to choose an RIA custodian.

We offer industry-leading technology, proven stability, and a wide range of investment products and wealth management solutions that help meet the unique needs of independent RIAs. In addition, our Business Consulting and Education team offers support to help you reach your goals for independence and grow your firm. Discover how Schwab can support you.

Make your move: Go independent

Why put off independence? Connect with a Business Development Officer for a confidential conversation about how we can help you take your next step toward becoming an independent RIA.


1. Ultra-high-net-worth investor assets are defined as households with investable assets greater than $20 million.

2. The Cerulli Report, U.S. RIA Marketplace 2023: Resiliency in the Pursuit of Scale, Exhibit 4.01, Cerulli Associates.