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Making the transition

Thousands of advisors have turned to us to help transition their business to the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) model. We help you customize a plan to move client accounts and get you up and running fast. 

The RIA Roadmap

Ready to chart your path to the independent RIA model? There are important considerations to check off your list—from defining your strategy and safeguarding against risk to setting up your office and converting your accounts. Plan your move with our guide.

What's going independent really like?

There are many different ways to move to the RIA model. Learn how two investment advisors planned their routes, from timing and research to the day they made the transition.

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    Watch video: Unscripted: Pathway

    Two investment advisors compare the paths they took to independence and the choices they made when planning the move. Discover why each chose the RIA model.
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    Watch video: Unscripted: Clients

    Will you be able to access the same products and technology if you leave your current firm? Both Eric Rosel and Sarah Keys found greater access—and affordable options—by launching independent RIA firms.

Guiding you through your transition

With Schwab by your side, you can be confident that you're making the right moves for your clients, your team, and yourself. Our specialized consultants help you anticipate the challenges ahead and overcome obstacles. We help you put your custom plan into action using a process that has helped thousands of investment advisors like you transition successfully.

Power of Insight

Get the most out of Schwab's technology

Our industry-leading professionals and support will help you build your tech strategy and make sure you get the most out of our comprehensive digital platform and network of third-party integration providers. 

Get the most out of Schwab's technology

An efficient transfer of assets

Every transition team consists of conversion consultants who work together to transfer your clients' assets efficiently, with minimal disruption.

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  • Solutions for your practice

    We bring everything together—from consulting and education to technology and insights—to help you deliver an exceptional client experience. 

  • Specialized services

    We proudly serve teams of all sizes and the ultra-high-net-worth and family office communities—simplifying complexity with a range of service models tailored to your business. 


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.

All conversations are completely confidential.

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