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The Misconceptions of Independence- Volume 3

“Independence is only good for the really big or really small advisor.”


July 2016

Erik Mora

“Independence is only good for the really big or really small advisor.”



When I heard this statement I was kind of surprised. I wasn’t completely sure why there was this belief. After interviewing several wirehouse friends I finally asked the third advisor who made this comment, “Why do you believe that to be true?” His answer was simple. “Independence works for the really small advisor because they have to make it work. They are being pushed out of the big firms. Independence works for the really big advisor because they can make it work. They have the resources and size to make it work to their advantage.”

After hearing that response this made all the sense in the world. Their mental picture of independence was the small advisor in the office that was in the “penalty box” who was forced out to work for some unknown independent firm working out of an executive office, home office, or garage. Or it was the really big corner office advisor that picked up their team and went independent because they could afford to start their own firm and continue to build on the large business they had already created. While there is definitely some truth to those thoughts, the reality is independence has evolved to accommodate advisors of any size. There has been an explosion of options for advisors of all sizes. You have options that range from using an independent broker-dealer (ex. LPL) to joining an existing RIA to starting your own firm. All these options will present pros and cons, but most of these roads will likely lead you to more income, less bureaucracy, and more control of your business than a traditional large firm. 


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