Category: Breakaway/RIA Set Up

27 posts categorized as "Breakaway/RIA Set Up"


Should Breakaway Advisors Leverage a Wrap-Fee Program?

December 4, 2018

As breakaway advisors consider their move from a wirehouse to their own RIA, the question of whether to provide a wrap fee program will undoubtedly arise. Before we get into the weeds, what is a wrap-fee program and what are its implications? According to the SEC, a wrap fee generally involves an investment account in…

Read More


Calling All Misfits, Dreamers, and Rugged Individualists

October 4, 2018

PFI Advisors has not been around long enough for me to start giving entrepreneurial advice, but the entrepreneurial conversation does come up quite often in our day-to-day discussions with breakaway advisors thinking of starting their own RIA.  As we have written in the past (see: Top 3 Questions Every Breakaway Advisor Asks), there are many…

Read More


Dual-Contract SMAs vs. Single-Contract SMAs – Which is Best for You and Your Clients?

September 14, 2018

The most common question we receive from breakaway advisors is, “If I start an RIA, how do I recreate the products and services I’ve always had available to me during my career in the wirehouse?”  This line of thinking often leads to questions around Lending and Alternative Investments, and inevitably lands at Separately Managed Accounts….

Read More


Ops Team to the Rescue! Reducing Advisor Stress During a Breakaway Transition

September 5, 2018

A wirehouse team amidst a breakaway transition requires a fast learning curve in a short period of time during which the entire advisory team-turned-RIA needs to run full speed ahead.  This period of conversion is defined by a lot of pressure and a lot of moving parts.  Here at PFI Advisors, we constantly look for…

Read More


Don’t Let the Wirehouses Lie to You About Technology…

June 20, 2018

It has become widely acknowledged and accepted that the technologies available in the RIA channel are more sophisticated and up-to-date than the technologies offered by the large wirehouses.  The RIA channel is known for its freedom to shop The Street for best-of-breed solutions, and work with a variety of industry experts to best leverage integrations…

Read More


Matt Sonnen Joins Folio Institutional’s Expert Interview Series to Discuss “The Ins and Outs of Breakaways”

June 8, 2018

CEO Matt Sonnen recently sat down with Folio Institutional President Greg Vigrass to discuss, among other things, the Top 3 Questions Every Breakaway Advisor Asks: Should I Stay (at the wirehouse)? Should I Go (to the Independent channel)? If I Go (to the Independent channel), How the Heck Do I Do It? PFI Advisors helps…

Read More


Matt Sonnen Joins Mindy Diamond to Discuss “What it Really Takes to Build an RIA Firm”

May 17, 2018

CEO Matt Sonnen sat down with Mindy Diamond to discuss the lessons he learned from launching Luminous Capital 10 years ago, as well as the advice he gives billion-dollar breakaway teams today that are looking at Independence.  He paints a realistic picture of what it REALLY takes to build an RIA firm, whether you go…

Read More


Advisor Moves to Expect in 2018

January 12, 2018

Wirehouses’ withdrawal from the broker protocol will only boost advisers’ interest in the independent space Citigroup recently announced that it will be following Morgan Stanley and UBS’ lead in exiting the broker protocol. While it’s not a big player in the recruiting wars among wirehouse firms, this move signifies a further trend toward the potential…

Read More


Now and Next – The Evolving State of the Broker Protocol

December 28, 2017

Here is a replay of a conversation our CEO Matt Sonnen recorded with Pershing Advisor Solutions’ Ben Harrison, MarketCounsel’s Sharron Ash, and Jordan Schultz of Schultz Consulting. Listen here:

Read More


The Ins and Outs of Breaking Away in the Post-Protocol World

November 29, 2017

First, a disclaimer: We are not lawyers, and this post does not contain legal advice of any kind.  As operational consultants that advise financial advisors on the nuances of starting an RIA, we always suggest advisors consult with legal counsel before embarking on a breakaway transition. The recent news of Morgan Stanley’s and UBS’ exit…

Read More