Independent Advisor Learning Center

What is an independent financial advisor?

Independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) are professional independent advisory firms that provide personalized financial advice to their clients, many of whom have complex financial needs. They are registered with either the Securities and Exchange Commission or state securities regulators.

Truly independent

Independent advisors are not tied to any particular family of funds or products.

Ethically motivated

Independent advisors are held to the fiduciary standard. They’re required to act in their clients’ best interest at all times.

Deeply trusted

Independent advisors are trusted with over $5 trillion of their clients’ wealth.

Why does Charles Schwab proudly support more independent financial advisors and their clients than anyone else?

We believe in the independent financial advisor model and how it serves each and every client. That’s why, as the leading RIA custodian, we have made it our mission to help educate investors on the benefits of working with independent advisors.

Our goal is to bring awareness to one of the fastest-growing segments in financial services.