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Financial Dictionary 

Thousands of investors have told us they are confused by the investment jargon that is used by financial advisors. We also know some terms, that investors don't understand, are used by advisors as sales ploys. They establish themselves as experts when they define a term you may not understand. 

There is an alternative. We have defined more than 1,500 commonly used financial terms. Look-up a definition by entering the term in the search engine or using the alphabetical search service.

Definition of 'Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)'

Individuals and or firms who provide investment advice and ongoing services for fees. RIAs who manage less than $100 million are registered with their state’s Securities Commissioner. RIAs who manage more than $100 million are registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

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