Independent Financial Advisors

Understanding fiduciary.

Independent Registered Investment Advisors are fiduciaries. They are obligated to act in the best interests of their clients – not in the moment, but at all times. It adds an extraordinary level of personalized service not always found in other investor-advisor relationships.

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Hear what independent advisors promise you and your family.

5 key benefits of independent financial advisors

  1. Customized guidance based on your entire financial picture

    Independent advisors are not tied to any particular family of funds or investment products. So whether you need help with a tax situation or managing assets at multiple places, independent advisors have the freedom to choose the investment option that’s best for you.

  2. A relationship that’s responsive, attentive, and personal

    To offer advice closely aligned with your goals, independent advisors must first build a strong understanding of your situation. As a result, there is a deep focus on building client relationships. And because many of these advisors are entrepreneurs, they hold themselves personally accountable to their clients.

  3. A fee structure that is simple and transparent

    Independent advisors typically charge a fee based on a percentage of assets managed. This fee structure is simple, transparent, and easy to understand. It also gives your advisor an incentive to help grow your assets. When you succeed, your advisor succeeds.

  4. A high level of expertise to support your complex financial needs

    Independent advisors can help investors address the variety of complex investment needs that arise when you accumulate significant wealth. Some advisors are specialists in certain investment strategies. Others can assist you with comprehensive services, such as estate planning or borrowing, the sale of a business, and intergenerational wealth transfer.

  5. Your money is held by an independent custodian, not the advisor firm

    Independent advisors use independent custodians, such as Charles Schwab and others, to hold and safeguard clients’ assets. This provides a reassuring system of checks and balances – your money is not held by the same person who advises you about how to invest it.

Find a local independent financial advisor.

Once you have finished identifying your investment goals and preferences, and are ready to interview advisors, search for independent advisors in your area by using our directory and entering a five-digit ZIP code.