RIA Leaders: Top 20 Firms for 2015 Over the years, Financial Planning has been striving to make the annual RIA Leaders list ever more rigorous, weeding out advisory firms that take commission, have registered reps, are owned by big stakeholders. This years ranking calls out the most successful independent, fee-only players who have been able to say no to the big offers -- at least so far.
Entrepreneurial advisors are leaving the wirehouses and constructing new business models the industry hasn't seen. But before joining these trailblazers, other advisors should think about what it is they want to change.
FINRA's broad brush strokes smear good advisors as well as the bad ones. Here are five ways that the regulator, and the industry in general, tars those advisors who uphold the law and act responsibly with the same brush.