Self-Directed Brokerage Accounts

The importance of preparing for retirement is simple. But for most investors, the decisions that’ll get them there aren’t as clear. Our self-directed brokerage account options allow you to connect investors and their retirement accounts to their long-term financial goals through professional money management.

The collapse of traditional pensions is largely driving the self-directed retirement savings growth. According to data from the Investment Company Institute of the $30.1 trillion in total U.S. retirement assets about 61% were in self-managed accounts such as individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s, compared with 48% in 2000. That means most of investors’ retirement assets are un-advised, or at least under advised. While a retirement plan may offer plenty of investment options, the pressure and responsibility of sifting through, vetting, and blending those investment options can be overwhelming.

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Well advised investment decisions within retirement accounts are critically important to investors’ ability to achieve financial independence. For investors who do not have the time, investment expertise, or desire to manage their own retirement accounts, our self-directed brokerage account options can serve as an answer to these critical components of prudent asset management.

Through a self-directed brokerage account, you and your investor gain access to:

  • A greater universe of investment options that supports diversification
  • The ability to manage investors’ retirement accounts to their unique risk budget, in line with the rest of their assets

An investor’s retirement account is likely one of his or her largest assets. Managing it through self-directed brokerage account options allows you to give it the attention it deserves.


1 AON Hewitt: Help in Defined Contribution Plans: 2006-2010

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