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The Independent Sourcebook's Independent Sourcebook (for IBDs and RIAs)

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Berthel Fisher & Company
Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
Cantella & Co. Inc.
Commonwealth Financial Networ
Century Securities
Financial Services
The Investment Center, Inc.
Raymond James
SII Investments, Inc.


United Planners Financial Services
Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors
Wells Fargo


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VSR Fact Sheet

By design, VSR is a small firm providing individualized service and support.... MORE>>

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Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors Fact Sheet

Our advisor-focused, client-centered approach allows us to offer a unique, hybrid model you can’t find elsewhere..... MORE>

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Wells Fargo Fact Sheet

We simplify independence for successful advisors through partnerships to create an extraordinary business, life and legacy.... MORE>>

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United Planners Financial Services is a unique registered
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Berthel Fisher Fact Sheet

Founded and headquartered in Iowa, Berthel Fisher was established in 1985 by a group of independent...MORE >>

Commonwealth Fact Sheet

Founded on the principle that independent advisors should have an open, nurturing environment in which to follow their dreams and help their clients thrive.....MORE >>

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Century Securities Fact Sheet

Century Securities is one of the few independent contractor firms affiliated with a self-clearing, NYSE member firm...MORE >>

Cambridge Fact Sheet

Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, is an independent, privately owned Broker/Dealer... MORE >>

The Investment Center Fact Sheet

Our entrepreneurial approach gives you the flexibility to run your business the way you choose...MORE >>


Raymond James Fact Sheet

One broker/dealer firm has established a reputation for true independence...MORE>>


SII Investments Fact Sheet

SII Investments, Inc., formerly known as SECURA Investments, was found in 1968. In the mid-1990s...MORE >>

Cantella & Co. Inc. Fact Sheet

Cantella is the ideal home for entrepreneurial representatives who need the latest in technology to help them work smart, yet value a personalized approach from the home office to support their business. MORE>>

About the Sourcebook

So you are thinking of going independent? Let's face it. Choosing an independent broker/dealer to join isn't easy. There are literally thousands out there, and each firm claims to be "rep-centric." In a continuing effort to help our readers become more familiar with their options, we're introducing the Independent SourceBook, an online source to help advisors go independent.

After all, the independent space has grown rapidly over the last few years. Client assets of independent reps have grown by 14 percent per year since 1995, according to Tiburon Strategic Advisors; client assets of fee-only advisors has grown, on average, about 18 percent per year. Of course, wirehouse advisors still control a far larger slice of client assets—around $6 trillion versus RIAs' $1 trillion. That said, Fidelity Investments is now the largest financial services firm in the U.S., with $1.6 trillion clients assets under management, having slid past Merrill Lynch, with $1.5 trillion, last year, according to Tiburon. Schwab is right behind, with $1.4 trillion, and is expected to pass Merrill this year, Tiburon says.

The SourceBook features profiles and fact sheets of independent broker/dealers and registered investment advisories (RIAs), as well as an outsourcing guide, with listings of compliance/regulatory consultants, securities lawyers, recruiters, back-office technology offerings and asset management platform providers. The idea is to provide an online encyclopedia, if you will, describing the world of the independent channel (from IBDs to RIAs) and the vendors who support the sector.

In short, the retail brokerage march to a conflict-free, fee-only model is in full trot. intends to bring its expertise in delivering a one-stop source book to help reps understand the sector and their potential place in it.