What does “independent Registered Investment Advisor” mean?

Registered:

Yes, with the Securities and Exchange Commission or state securities regulators.1 All RIAs have a fiduciary duty to act in your best interest.

Investment:

Many RIAs invest your money to help you meet not just your financial goals but your entire financial picture—such as your children’s education or estate planning.

Advisor:

RIAs are on your side, ready to offer the advice and guidance you need.

And what’s the benefit of independence?

The primary agenda of RIAs is to offer advice that’s best for you. It’s one of the key reasons they went independent—to have greater freedom to serve you better.