We will find you the best broker dealer that matches your needs. Financial Advisor Placement Services helps financial advisors sift through all of the options and questions involved in switching firms. We are experts in the broker dealer market. The people at Financial Advisor Placement Services have been working with and developing relationships with independent, regional and national broker dealers since 2007. We understand the clearing platforms and product offerings and understand the firm’s philosophy, so that we find the best broker dealer to suit your needs.
Our initial conversation will have one goal: to learn about your practice, your clients, and your requirements in a new broker dealer. We will start with our list of over 70 quality broker dealers. We will then create a short list of broker dealers to recommend for your consideration. Based on your initial feedback, we will then have initial, confidential conversations with these firms to see if there may be a good fit. Then next step is to arrange phone conversations with these broker dealers. We then narrow the list down to a hand full of firms and set up face to face meetings either at the home office or near the candidate’s location, whatever is most convenient for the candidate. With the firms that are of most interest, we will work with the firms to get competitive offers together and present them to the candidate.
We will work with you every step of the way as your “agent” to work through the firm information, schedule calls and meetings, and give you advice on which offers may be more attractive. Whenever possible we would like to attend the meetings with you so that we can represent you as best as possible. We will do a “pros and cons” analysis or help you spreadsheet the value that each firm can bring to your practice.
Once the decision is made on which firm to go with, we get you engaged with that firm’s transition team, to ensure a smooth transition. Our goal is to make this transition as painless as possible. In some cases, the broker dealer will place people in your office to assist you in moving your client accounts.
Going independent has its advantages if you are ready to take the challenge. Running your own business takes a certain initiative and provides many challanges that will be very rewarding. These rewards include:
You control your own destinity.
You have the freedom to name and brand your own practice.
You have your own goals and work schedule. You are no longer under corporate america’s control.
Your payouts increase, from 25%-45% at the wirehouses to 70%-95% at the independent firms. You have control over what expenses to incur to grow your business.
As a 1099 independent contractor, you enjoy all of the benefits of writing off your expenses against your firm’s revenue to determine the net income. The federal government are providing some attractive incentives for small businesses in the 2011 tax code, so you can be more competitive.
Building Equity in your practice. You now own your book and can sell it if you want to retire or get out of the business. Your practice can be your biggest asset.
Book mobility: If your Broker-Dealer doesn’t live up to their end of the bargain, or if the needs of your practice no longer match that of the firm you can switch to another firm that is more suitable.
You can decide to keep your firm small or grow it to a larger size by recruiting other advisors and offering additional services.