Tools & Resources for Independent Advisors
Plot your path to independence with our resources. From industry data and advisor insights to transition options—we've got you covered.
Understanding the RIA industry
Thinking about making the move to the RIA model? Understand the forces behind the industry's movement toward independence—and how you stand to benefit.
Independent advisors are shaping the future of work on four fronts. Here's how you can too.
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.
Choosing independence can be the most important factor in accelerating your career, especially when transitioning as part of an elite team.
Investment advisors have harnessed the freedom and flexibility of the RIA model to thrive—even during challenging times. Learn how.
The number of ultra-wealthy families is on the rise—and so are their expectations. Make sure you have the resources you need to best serve them.
Busting RIA myths
There are many misconceptions about becoming an independent RIA. Get the facts straight before choosing your path forward.
A smooth transition to independence starts with envisioning the future you want. Use these tools and resources to explore whether you're ready for life as an independent advisor.
Looking to navigate the path to independence? Let this resource help guide you.
8 signs you're ready to move
Take this short assessment to know whether it's your time to make the move to the RIA model.
Explore your earning potential
Use the RIA Economic Discovery Tool to learn your projected income and future firm's valuation.
Ready to grow your firm?
Identify action items and resources to help you take your firm to the next level in our Guiding Principles assessment.
The 5 core RIA models
What will it look like to chart your own course to independence? See how independence works in each model.
The hybrid RIA model
Combine fee-based and commission business for a mix of freedom and familiarity. Is the hybrid RIA model right for you?
Insurance for your RIA
Learn about three common types of coverage RIAs rely on to protect their clients' assets and their firm.
Industry leader and advisor stories
Hear stories from peers who moved to the RIA model and gain insights from industry experts who share the impact independence can have on your business.
Q&As with RIA industry visionaries
Many questions arise when advisors consider joining the independence movement. This video series explores key topics with industry experts and RIA owners. Get a look inside the model and different perspectives on the opportunities ahead.
Pursue what matters most
For many, independence is about seizing control of their careers and lives. Brett Sharkey from Three Bridge Wealth Advisors describes how the RIA model allows him to deliver more personalized service to his clients.
Watch video: The power of independence
Advisors from Berkeley Capital Partners in Atlanta share their experiences of becoming and working as an independent RIA firm.
Watch video: Why they made the moveThree Atlanta advisors discuss their experience creating a firm that allows them to be advocates for their clients.
Watch video: See the Schwab differenceWhat do you need to grow and succeed? See how Schwab supports independent advisors to help them bring their vision into focus.
Facing waves of change with a new RIA
Brad Goodwin shares why he went independent during the pandemic, how clients reacted, and what to look for in a custodian.
Importance of having the right custodian
After delays, frustrations, and a clash of values, Tyler Boon decided it was time for a change—even in the middle of a pandemic
Overcoming burnout and uncertainty with the RIA model
Mergers, turnover, and a financial crisis. How two advisors leveraged independence to overcome uncertainty and build a lasting firm.
Loving life serving clients on her terms
Stasia Washington left a successful career in banking to join an RIA—and never looked back. She shares how she rose to the top with a client-first approach.
Podcast: How I Became an Independent RIA
Distractions, friction, and conflict stood in the way for Joe Zappia. Hear from Joe and other advisors on what it took to go independent.
Defining independence for themselves
The freedom of independence means something a little different to everyone. Hear advisors tell their own stories about why they made the move.
Get where you want to be
Learn how our innovation, insights, and resources can help you own your future and better serve your clients. Talk to a Schwab Business Development Officer today.
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