Going independent is a bold move

We can help you take the right steps.

With Fidelity InsitutionalSM, finding your path begins with a consultative experience that helps us understand where you want to take your business. We'll help you think about your objectives, goals, and options, to identify the business model that fits your distinct needs — and then work with you to determine what steps you should consider taking.

With more than two decades of experience helping advisors transition to independence, we'll help you answer key questions to further define your destination — and what type of independent model may be appropriate.

  • What does it mean to be an independent advisor, and what are my options?
  • How do I get there, and what are the specific action steps?
  • How can Fidelity help me along the way?

Transform for the future

Hear from today's innovative financial advisors to get insights and perspectives on the independent landscape, and learn how you may take your business forward.

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Benjamin Sax and Jennie Sowers, KORE Private Wealth

Committed to your needs

As you consider your options for independence, we can help you along the way. This may include discussing different business models and helping you hone in on a model that may be right for you, leveraging tools to help you forecast potential earnings scenarios, assisting with a transition roadmap and connecting you to resources to help you succeed.

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Your path to independence

As you consider a different business model, we can help you explore the path that works for you, your clients, and your family. By focusing on your needs, our committed professionals are better prepared to help you explore your options and make more informed decisions.

Explore the world of independence with Fidelity

Focused on your success

We understand the questions and concerns you might have when evaluating an appropriate business model. By taking a conversation-driven approach, we'll examine your distinct situation and then help you explore your options — no matter the size of your business.

Start an RIA
  • Control all aspects of your business
  • Evolve your business to match your vision for the future
  • Own your brand
  • Register with the SEC
  • Outsource back-office, middle-office, or investment management functions
Join an RIA
  • Plug into an existing infrastructure, including a smaller RIA
  • Gain hands-on experience before going independent
  • Benefit from a built-in service model
  • Join as an employee or partner
Affiliate with a strategic acquirer
  • Receive an infusion of capital
  • Get assistance with your transition to a new or existing RIA
  • Partner with experts to plan for growth
  • Leverage practice management expertise
Join an independent broker-dealer
  • Consider your first step toward independence
  • Establish your own office
  • Gain access to the infrastructure and services of a broker-dealer
  • Maintain your commission-based business

What could your transition look like?


By focusing on your needs, our associates are better prepared to help you explore the world of independence, and help ensure that your business is future-ready. Hear from our team about our dedication, and our commitment to your success.


A future-ready approach

Combining actionable insights and deep practice management experience, our Five Fundamentals of a Future-Ready Firm are designed to help you prepare, transform, and position your business for the future.

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