DFPG Investments, Inc. recently expanded its RIA product platform to include a hybrid-robo offering. The new platform, called Indexed Managed Solutions (IMS), was formed in partnership with RBC and State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).
Ryan Smith, DFPG’s President, says “The IMS Platform was developed in an effort to provide a low-cost solution that also allows for lower account minimums.” Smith continues, “As the industry prepares for the potential roll out of the DOL Fiduciary Rule and as the robo-advisor trend continues, we believe it is important to have a solution that allows our advisors to work with clients at all account levels while maintaining a competitive fee structure.”
DFPG’s CEO, Mike Bendix, says that “DFPG is widely recognized as an industry leader in alternative investments and securitized real estate. But we also have a very compelling RIA solution that complements our broker-dealer brand and broadens our ability to compete in the marketplace. Our IMS Platform is one example of the types of things we are doing.”
In addition to its IMS Platform, DFPG provides its advisors with several other platforms. For example, DFPG’s Advisor Managed Solutions (AMS) Platform enables advisors to direct their client’s investments, whereas the RBC Managed Solutions (RMS) Platform provides advisors with access to a broad array of separate account managers (SMAs) vetted both by RBC as well as DFPG’s in house analyst team lead by Dr. Jeff Brimhall, PhD, CFA®.
Since January 2015, DFPG’s RIA has experienced considerable growth. Ryan Smith, DFPG’s President, says that, “As we continue our leadership in the alternative investment space, we feel it is equally important to provide our advisors and their clients access to a best-in-class wealth management division and much of our recent growth stems from advisors who are joining our RIA.”
Smith says that several factors explain the growth of DFPG’s RIA. “As the industry continues to shift towards more fee-based models, advisors still need access to alternative offerings and the due diligence a BD partner can provide. DFPG strives to provide the best of both worlds: a unique and complimentary alternative platform on the BD side, and a competitive wealth management platform on the RIA side.”
Smith adds, “DFPG’s RIA is a great solution for existing investment advisors who need a new partner and want a better relationship with their broker-dealer, or for advisors who are transitioning their business to a fee-based model, but don’t want to open their own RIA. We have created a streamlined and comprehensive solution for advisors and their clients.”
DFPG’s RIA Platform features a unique clearing and custody relationship with RBC, a state-of-the-art technology solution for investment advisors and their clients, and an in-house CFA that helps manage the various product platforms.