Tools & Resources

The inspiration and support you need. Make your move to independence—with confidence. 

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

  • Guiding Principles assessment

    Unlock steps to help you take your firm to the next level. Discover what's possible.

  • 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.

  • 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

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Independent advisors are shaping the future of work on four fronts. Here's how you can too.

Rise above

Investment advisors have harnessed the freedom and flexibility of the RIA model to thrive—even during challenging times.  Learn how.

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.

  • 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?

  • Cover your bases

    Protect your clients' assets and your firm by obtaining insurance. Learn about three common types of coverage that RIA firms rely on.

Advisor stories

For advisors

  • Case study: Facing waves of change with a new RIA

    Brad Goodwin Surfing

    Brad Goodwin shares why he went independent during the pandemic, how clients reacted, and what to look for in a custodian.

  • Case study: The importance of the right custodian

    path in a forested area

    After delays, frustrations, and a clash of values, Tyler Boon decided it was time for a change—even in the middle of a pandemic.

  • Case study: Overcoming burnout and uncertainty with the RIA model

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    Mergers, turnover, and a financial crisis. How two advisors leveraged independence to overcome uncertainty and build a lasting firm.

  • Case study: Loving life serving clients on her terms

    A winding oceanside road in California.

    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.


Get where you want to be

Talk to a Schwab Business Development Officer to learn how our innovation, insights, and resources can help you own your future and better serve your clients.

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