I signed a retention agreement. Do I need to wait to transition until my retention agreement has expired?
Not necessarily. Your transition options need to be reviewed.
I have a prom note balance. Can I leave before the prom note term has expired?
Yes, you can. Arrangements, including possible discounts and payment plans, should be considered.
I have a team agreement. How does a transition work?
Your team agreement allows the team to leave the current firm as a team. If the team will be dissolving, additional planning is needed.
My current employment agreement has a non-compete and non-solicitation clause. Am I unable to move my book of business?
Yes. Your rights and responsibilities will vary according to the precise language of your agreement and state law. Whether the firms are members of the Protocol for Broker Recruiting also will impact the transition planning.
I have CRD disclosures and worry that re-registration all over again with states such as Florida may be a problem. Will it be a problem?
States may delay your re-registration but planning, communication and advocacy can quicken the approval process.
I am older, want to slow down, and have only a modest book of book business. No firm will hire me, right?
Not true. Several firms may be interested.
Transitioning is too much work, isn't it?
Transitioning involves considerable effort. But for most, and when done correctly, the transition is worth the effort.
I want to leave the wirehouse world and go independent, but won't the level of support be inferior?
The quality of support can vary. That will be a part of the due diligence process.
I may want to move to the RIA space, but I don't know anything about that. What is it like being a registered investment advisor, and will I be on my own?
Firms such as Schwab and other custodians do a great deal, and there are other turnkey type providers that can assist further. But being an RIA is the closest thing to running your own business.
I want to monetize my book of business. Can you help me find the right choice?
Yes. Monetizing your book can be important, as is ensuring that your practice continues to be preserved and protected.
I want to grow my practice by acquisition. Can you help me find suitable candidates?
Yes. Nationwide we work with advisors in all different stages of their practices.
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