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What is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)?

Under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, an Investment Advisor is "any person who, for compensation, engages in the business of advising others, either directly or through publications or writings, as to the value of securities or as to the advisability of investing in, purchasing, or selling securities, or who, for compensation and as part of a regular business, issues or promulgates analysis or reports concerning securities..."

A typical Investment Advisor:

  • Registers either with their state or the SEC by filing Form ADV and meeting other requirements
  • Evaluates client's needs and risk tolerance, and advises on appropriate investments
  • Monitors client's portfolio.  Regular performance reports provided quarterly 
  • May provide other wealth management services, such as retirement, trust, tax, charitable giving, estate and financial planning services
  • May use Fidelity Investments as a custodian of investment assets and to settle and/or to execute trades

    This registration does not mean that the person is recommended by the SEC, it simply means that they are regulated by the state or the SEC.