Becoming an Independent Financial Advisor

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Hi. My name is Ned Van Riper. I’m the Director of Advisor Recruiting with Independent Financial Partners. We’re an SEC registered RIA, and as the breakaway advisor movement continues to gain traction, I wanted to talk about the term independence, perhaps squash a few misperceptions about what independence is and is not.

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Retaining Clients Through a Transition

If you have been in the industry long enough, you’ve heard horror stories about advisors changing firms or breaking away, only to lose a majority of their clients. This story is the same across numerous channels, including wirehouse, independent, and insurance-based or bank broker-dealer-affiliated advisors.

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Top 3 Land Mines To Avoid When Changing Firms

1. A Misaligned Business Model:

Advisors serve client niches and don’t try to be all things to all clients, as do firms. More and more Financial Advisors are serving client niches, and finding a great deal of success in being a specialist to their clients.

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