In last week’s Advisor Advice blog, “Reasons to Leave Your Wirehouse,” we shared some of the benefits of leaving a wirehouse and joining and Independent Broker Dealer. Being independent frees you up since you no longer have a sales manager or quota sitting on top of you. Having all this newfound freedom can be scary as you need to learn to manage yourself.
As a financial advisor, one of the most rewarding things you could do is leave your wirehouse to go to an independent broker dealer. Wirehouses and big firms can cause advisors to feel limited, cheated, or held back. Joining an independent broker dealer means you no longer have a sales manager or quota, you are free to pursue a spectrum of investments.
Would you ever consider volunteering to be a crash test dummy? Of course not, but the DOL is proposing many people do that with their retirement plans. Brace for impact if this rule goes through, it could cause a lot of damage that is unforeseen and short sighted.