Shared knowledge is shared strength

We believe in the value of ongoing education and the powerful impact of sharing experiences and insights. This active collaboration is the glue that strengthens the bond between client and advisor. Access our latest thinking here.

“Many independent RIAs would be able to serve clients better if they combined their resources with like-minded advisers.”

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Merging for the right reasons: Fundamental considerations for RIAs

The general service model offered by most independent RIAs is naturally attractive to clients and prospects who comprehend the difference between an independent RIA and other types of financial advisers. In general, independent RIAs, to the extent they are “fee-only” and not brokers or dealers, serve as fiduciaries to their clients and, by law, must place the interests of their clients above their own. In turn, they tend to offer advice that minimizes the conflicts and biases that might exist when the pursuit of profit is allowed to take precedence over the provision of fiduciary-based investment advice.