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How to become an RIA in Indiana

When you start an RIA, it’s crucial to be aware of the state-specific requirements. In this article, we’ll look at the requirements specific to Indiana.

Who is required to register in the state of Indiana?

Advisors soliciting their services in the state, have more than five clients, manage less than $100 million in AUM, or live in Indiana must register their RIA with the state. 

If managing over $100 million in AUM, consider registering with the SEC

If you need more guidance, we’re here to help you navigate the path to starting your RIA:

Statement requirements for RIAs in Indiana:

Advisors in Indiana must have one of the following professional designations to operate in the state: Series 65, Series 66 and Series 7, CFP, CFA, CIC, ChFC, or PFS. 

The state also requests advisors to submit the form U-4 and ADV part 2B.

Form and policy requirements for starting an RIA in Indiana: 

In addition to paying all the state’s registration filing fees, advisors must complete the following:

  • Apply for an account to FINRA’s WebCRD/IARD

    Although FINRA does not oversee or regulate Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), the state uses FINRA's system to process RIA applications. As a result, investment advisors must apply for access to FINRA's WebCRD/IARD online platform.

  • Form ADV Part 1 (online portion)

    Information about the RIA is found in this section of the ADV, and this is the online component of your firm’s registration documentation. Personal details are submitted in Form U4 and ADV Part 2B. Form ADV Part 1 also serves the purpose of uploading ADV Part 2A and ADV Part 2B.

  • Form ADV Part 2A (paper and online)

    Form ADV Part 2A contains information regarding your RIA and is considered your firm’s brochure. This brochure includes your fees, services offered, disclosures of disciplinary actions, and other relevant details. This brochure must be provided to all clients and prospects and written in plain English that's simple to understand.

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  • Form ADV Part 2B (paper and online)

    Form ADV 2B is another brochure that must be given to clients by Investment Advisor Representatives. It contains details about their educational background, work history, possible conflicts of interest, and any disciplinary actions taken against them. Executive Officers who offer investment advice and representatives who advise clients must also complete this form.

  • Client Advisory Contract 

    The client advisory contract must abide by the standards set by the regulatory authority in Indiana. Additionally, it must encompass the investment policy statement.

  • Code of Ethics

    This filing ensures that your RIA is adhering to the standards set by the State of Indiana.

  • Privacy Policy Statement

    In this statement, an advisor will outline how the firm handles, stores, and shares client information. The Privacy Policy Statement must be provided to clients at the start of their relationship and annually. It is customized to the firm's specific needs but must comply with regulations established by Indiana.

  • Policies and Procedures Manual

    This manual details the firm’s internal processes, such as handling customer grievances to training new Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs). It encompasses Business Continuity, Anti-Money Laundering, Information Security, and Anti-Insider Trading plans.

In conclusion, registering as an RIA in Indiana requires meeting financial statement requirements, obtaining specific professional designations, and submitting required forms and documents. Starting an RIA doesn’t have to be overwhelming with the right resources, such as our comprehensive RIA launch kit

At Altruist, we strive to make independent financial advice better, more accessible, and more affordable. Our platform gives back precious time and capital to RIAs, so you can focus on what matters most: your clients and business.

On one intuitive, integrated platform, advisors can open and fund accounts, trade and rebalance, report, and bill, at a fraction of today’s edging-ever-higher technology costs. 

Our dedicated customer support team is here to help advisors that are planning to make the leap from their wirehouse. Our team will help ensure a smooth transition with exceptional ongoing service.

To see how we’re helping RIAs streamline operations, reduce overhead, and elevate the client experience, book a call with one of our transitional specialists now.

*Altruist and its affiliates do not provide legal advice, so it’s important to check with a qualified professional for each state’s registration requirements.

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