Tools & Resources

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Tools and resources

Insights for independence

Imagine your own path to independence. Explore tools, articles, statistics, and stories from advisors like you.

RIA facts and figures

  • Moving to independence: The growth trajectory of RIAs

    The independence movement is growing—and so is the potential for financial rewards. Follow the story of RIA growth and see why advisors are making the move.

  • RIA Economic Discovery Tool

    Keeping more of what you earn is one of many compelling reasons for going independent. Explore your earnings potential.

  • Busting RIA myths

    There are many misconceptions about becoming an independent RIA. Get the facts straight before choosing your path forward.

Understanding the movement

  • Exploring independence

    There are more advantages to becoming an RIA than ever before. Be sure you're in the know.

  • Mastering the moment

    Learn how powerful forces have created opportunities uniquely suited to independent investment advisors.

  • Forward momentum

    Choosing independence can be the most important factor in accelerating your career, especially when transitioning as part of an elite team.

Transition considerations

  • Charting your own course

    What will it look like to chart your own course to independence? Review the five core RIA models.

  • Going independent as a hybrid RIA

    Pursuing independence doesn't mean everything has to change. As a hybrid RIA, you have the flexibility to maintain both commission-based and fee-based business.  

  • The RIA Roadmap

    Our essential guide, with contributions from industry-leading experts, helps you chart a course to running your own firm, from planning to account conversion and managing day-to-day operations.

Schwab support

  • Video: Service Professionals

    Service Professionals

    Tina Kerr, senior team manager of Schwab Service, describes the deep relationships her team builds with advisors and the pride they take in supporting advisors’ back offices.

  • Advisor transition services

    Advisor Transition Services

    Matt Faries, director of Advisor Transition Services, describes the steps that he and his team take and the lengths to which they go to create a successful transition to the independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) model.

  • Elyn Davis

    Elyn Davis: Simplifying the transition

    Elyn Davis, Transition Consultant, describes how she supports advisors through the entire process.

Advisor stories

  • See the Schwab Difference video

    See the Schwab difference

    What do you need to grow and succeed? Whatever your vision, we can help bring it into focus.

  • Video: Dream Big

    Why they made the move

  • Berkeley Capital Partners Video

    Berkeley Capital Partners: Our Story of Independence.

    Advisors from Berkeley Capital Partners in Atlanta, GA share their experiences of becoming and working as an independent RIA firm.


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