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20 months in: A field dispatch from an advisor who started an RIA in a strange city with no clients

After stints as a Beverly Hills broker for Merrill and a salesman for Schwab, the Navy veteran went deep into academia to learn his trade

Author Guest columnist Ryan Hughes December 23, 2015 at 7:49 PM
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Ryan Hughes: I should’ve launched the firm in LA ... but I was married with two small children and we both wanted to raise our children in San Diego.



December 23, 2015 — 8:56 PM

Great article.

Lyman Howard

Lyman Howard

January 6, 2016 — 1:38 AM

Ryan, you are an inspiration! $10 mil is a milestone since early dollars are so difficult. Your newsletters are great! Hope to see you at SSG conference this April. Go Navy!

David Wallace

David Wallace

January 8, 2016 — 3:18 PM

Great Article. Clearly the experience of cold-calling success has equipped you to take this on. The great news is that every new client = a pay raise! Although it’s a monumental undertaking and will take time away from asset gathering, I’d encourage you to consider the CFA program. It’s clear that you are thoughtful and intellectually gifted, as well as being a capable asset gatherer, so I think you would find the material interesting and helpful as you manage your models. Of all of the credentials you can show clients, I think has the most respect. Just my 2c

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