What is an RIA, anyway?
An RIA is a registered investment adviser. Is that a stockbroker? No. Here’s an objective, succinct piece from TD Ameritrade. It explains the stark differences between an RIA and other financial planners and registered reps from broker-dealers. As I shared in my New Year’s article (December 28, 2022), you would think that all financial advisors are legally obligated to act in the best interests of their clients, right? Surprisingly, the answer is no. Only fiduciary financial advisors are required to act in the best interests of their clients. I’m still blown away by that, and clients of investment salespeople should be too.
Benefits of Working with an RIA (TD Ameritrade)
RIA’s are fiduciaries. It is what sets them apart professionally. That word, fiduciary, means a lot. It is an odd word, but arguably the most important word in financial planning and wealth management. It originates from the Latin word, fidere (“to trust”). But as I pointed out previously, it is much more than just a word. It is a service mindset. Serving others’. As fiduciary financial advisors (vs. commission-based agents), we are legally obligated to act in your best interest when helping you make decisions about your money. Do yourself a favor, work with a fiduciary.
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