What is the fastest growing financial services market and distribution channel? According to Tiburon Strategic Advisors, it's the fee-based financial advisory market.

According to Tiburon, the fee-based advisory business emerged in the 1980s, signaled by the founding of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (1983) and the launch of Schwab Institutional, Financial Advisor Services (1987). The most recent highlights mentioned in this July 2012 report were Bank of New York Mellon's Pershing Advisor Solutions winning Citigroup's business to support its RIA referral network in 2010 and the shift of fee-based financial advisors with $25 million to $100 million in assets under management to state supervision in 2011.

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