Partner with a Fiduciary RIA

Investors increasingly recognize the advantages of engaging a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) for their financial planning, wealth management, and investment needs. This growing popularity stems from the fiduciary duty RIAs are legally obliged to uphold by the SEC, ensuring that RIAs put a client’s best interest first. In contrast, brokerage firms or insurance agencies may advocate for less beneficial or pricier products driven by commission incentives.


In the process of selecting an RIA, keep in mind these crucial criteria:


  1. Personalized Strategies: Your RIA should develop tailored financial plans in alignment with your distinct objectives rather than promoting one size fits all financial products. A comprehensive understanding of your financial status forms the basis for appropriate decision-making.
  2. Fee-Only Compensation: This compensation structure minimizes potential conflicts of interest and ensures fees are transparent, easily understood, and tied to assets under management or investment performance.
  3. Wide Range of Investment Options: Your advisor should access a broad opportunity set of market-ready investment options, including individual stocks, bonds, low-cost index ETFs, and liquid alternative assets.
  4. Regular Reviews and Communication: Advisors should continually monitor your investments, providing timely updates about key performance metrics, including risk and return analyses.
  5. Experience and Credentials: Preference should be given to advisors with respected designations such as CFP (Certified Financial Planner) or CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), indicating comprehensive training, rigorous testing, and adherence to high ethical standards.


Potential affiliations between RIAs and broker-dealers or insurance companies warrant investigation as “hybrid advisors” may switch between fiduciary and non-fiduciary roles, potentially causing conflicts of interest.


Successful Portfolios operates as an independent RIA firm with no affiliate companies that might be non-fiduciary. We aim to deliver unconflicted expert guidance and personalized advice to help you grow and protect your wealth. 


A five-star rating from, a reputable resource for advisor assessments, underscores our favorable profile for investors seeking a proven, trusted advisor.


The diligence required in choosing the right fiduciary RIA can pay off significantly in terms of your financial growth and security.


For further assistance, contact the specialists at Successful Portfolios today. You may use the provided form or reach us directly by calling or texting at (727) 744-3614.


Partner With a Fiduciary