Independent RIA & Custody Services

Build the business you’ve always wanted, detail by detail.

You know your clients. You know your business. And as a fee-based independent RIA, you’ll have the freedom to do what’s best for both. You’ll take true strategic, financial and administrative control of your practice. You’ll do it all your way. But you’ll never do it alone. Raymond James will be behind you at every step, offering our full-service support and institutional strength on your terms.

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A day in the life

Every day your way – that’s what life as an independent RIA is. You’re in control from P&L, staffing and compliance down to the last detail of your office décor. Whether you run your firm as a one-man show, a family operation or a large-scale platform with room for successful advisors to join your team, you’ll know Raymond James is there to support your day-to-day with integrated technology, high-net-worth solutions and in-depth research. As an RIA, you can also choose to maintain a fee-only business or offer commission products through a hybrid arrangement.

The big questions

To help you dig deeper into what being an independent RIA entails – and what you can expect as part of Raymond James – we’ve provided answers to the questions advisors ask most.

How will I be compensated?

100% of investment advisor’s fees

Where will I work?

You’ll select your office location, décor and hours of operation.

You’ll also be free to hire your own team or bring existing staff with you.

What resources will I have access to?

Access to robust resources, turnkey solutions and integrated technology from Raymond James as your custodian partner

Firm technology, including integrated financial planning software, performance reporting, CRM, high-quality research, an institutional-level training system and more

Resources and support

Services tailored to your vision of success

Quality support plays a crucial role in a long and successful career, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Everything you deserve and more than you ever expected – that’s what we strive to deliver. Services include: marketing and social media, practice management, succession planning, transitions management, and wealth solutions.

  • To keep all the moving pieces of your day seamlessly connected, you require access to integrated, efficient technology. And that’s precisely what we provide. Explore how our advisor-driven technology – intuitive applications built with input from our advisors to effectively meet your needs – can elevate your practice.

    Providing an integrated and customizable platform that supports advisors and their business is our top priority. Explore how our technology is built from the mind of the advisor by navigating “Technology for you” and “Technology for your clients.”

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  • Raymond James understands the importance of managing and building your brand as an advisor. This goes beyond simply extending the brand of the firm you’ve chosen to partner with – this is building your brand with your clients. That’s why we have a full-service, in-house creative agency made up of nearly 150 marketing professionals who are dedicated to serving their clients – financial advisors like you.

    We actively encourage advisors to use our capabilities for custom branding, social media and website development to grow their businesses. Combining marketing experience with intimate financial services knowledge, we work closely with advisors to translate their vision into reality by developing materials that fit their style, reflect their standards and connect with their target audience.

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  • PCG Education & Practice Management focuses on providing you with the best available tools and resources to help manage your practice effectively and accelerate business growth – all while ensuring you have the flexibility and support to grow your business on your terms.

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  • We pride ourselves on a tight-knit culture that offers the personalized support you’ll need to expand your practice as your goals evolve and, eventually, pass it on as you see fit. When you’re ready to grow, we’ll help you through each stage of acquiring another practice or book of business. And when you’re ready to retire, we’ll help you establish a business succession plan – building long-term value that will help you maximize the rewards of your years of hard work.

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  • Every new advisor should have a smooth transition. That’s why we have a knowledgeable team of professionals – one of the largest in the industry – whose main responsibility is helping advisors make successful moves through a personalized process.

    Our Transitions group will support you from the first day of your affiliation, from quickly and accurately processing account paperwork to setting up your staff with the appropriate technology to resume serving clients.

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  • Managing substantial wealth often requires specialized capabilities and expertise. The Wealth Solutions team offers just that, helping advisors compete for and service high-net-worth clientele. Our professionals cater to the planning and wealth management needs of the most sophisticated clients – working as your partner, not your competition.

    Whether you’re seeking expertise regarding significant wealth events or guidance with specific planning disciplines such as estate planning, charitable giving, lending solutions or risk management, the Wealth Solutions team is here to serve you and your clients.

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