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The economics of independence

The economics of independence

Schwab
Published by: Research Desk Released: Oct 01, 2020

The benefits of starting or joining an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)—the freedom to do what’s best for clients, build your own brand, and run your business your way—are clear and compelling. But how do the economics work? Depending on where you are in your career, you may be wondering whether independence is worth the cost or how your earning potential as an independent RIA compares with what you make in a wirehouse or an independent broker-dealer (IBD) model. To help evaluate how the economics of independence stack up against those of your current practice, you’ll want to consider your revenue

potential, expenses, and the prospect of business equity in each model