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How RIAs Work with You

Investors with complex needs are increasingly seeking out independent advice—and one way to assure you’re getting independent advice is to work with an independent registered investment advisor (RIA).

Benefits of working with an independent RIA include:

1. Getting advice based on what’s best for you
Most independent RIAs pride themselves on strong personal interaction and dedication to your needs. They often have a wide range of solutions and investments to tailor to your needs.

2. Understanding exactly what you’re paying for:
Independent RIAs often charge a fee based on assets they manage for you—if they help grow your portfolio, you succeed, and so do they.

3. Getting advice for your complex needs: Given the rich diversity of specialization throughout the industry, no matter how complex your individual needs, you will likely find an independent RIA who can provide advice that’s right for you.

4. Enjoying a different kind of relationship: The goal of an RIA is to help find solutions that are closely aligned with client needs and objectives, and many independent RIAs enjoy a deep, personal relationship with their clients. This often takes regular, ongoing interactions. And because many independent RIAs are entrepreneurial business owners, the buck stops with them, so to speak, and they frequently have a strong sense of personal accountability to their clients.

5. Knowing where your money is held: RIAs typically use institutional custodians—generally large brokerage firms or banks—to hold and safeguard their clients’ stocks, mutual funds and other assets. These custodians also provide important infrastructure services such as executing trades and preparing monthly brokerage statements for clients. This helps an RIA focus on understanding your needs and providing the best advice possible.

The details in this article from RIA Stands for You: RIA Stands for You


 

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