How to become an independent RIA

What’s your way to the RIA model?

When it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong way to become an independent RIA. There’s only your way. We’re here to support you no matter which direction you choose. So, let’s start exploring the many roads to independence together.

Maybe you’re thinking about breaking free from a wirehouse or an independent broker-dealer. Or you’re a future or recent grad looking to start your career. Or perhaps you already have a career but think it’s time for a change.

It doesn’t matter where you come from, there can be a place for you in the RIA world. Take a closer look at the many options available:

Starting your own firm

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Joining an existing firm

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Going hybrid

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Beginning a new career as an RIA

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“In this industry, you’re never alone—and that’s one of the best parts about it.”

—Todd Resnick, Co-founder and President, One Seven

31% of RIA firms look to new college grads for revenue-generating roles; The growth rate of personal financial advisor jobs is 4X the average for all occupations; The number of personal financial advisor jobs is expected to increase to 30% by 2024; 75% of the workforce will be comprised of NextGen talent by 2025 | Sources: 1. FA Insight, The 2017 FA Insight Study of Adivsory Firms: People and Pay Executive Summary; 2. Cerulli Associates, Advisor Metrics 2016.; 3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dept. of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.; 4. Direct Recruiters, Inc., How Millenials Are Changing the Workplace, Accessed August 23, 2017,; FA Insight is a product of TD Ameritrade Institutional, Division of TD Ameritrade, Inc. FA Insight is a trademark owned by TDAmeritrade IP Company, Inc.