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IARD is an electronic filing system that facilitates investment adviser registration, exempt reporting adviser filing, regulatory review, and the public disclosure information of registered investment adviser firms and individuals. FINRA is the developer and operator of IARD.

Is an RIA registered with FINRA?

While FINRA does not regulate RIAs, it does administer the online application and filing system for the registration of investment advisory firms and individual investment adviser representatives.

How do I find my IARD?

Additional information about IARD can be found on FINRA’s IARD website, and on NASAA’s website,

What is a CRD #?

What is a CRD Number? Licensed brokers and brokerage firms all have a unique Central Registration Depository (CRD) number. This CRD number can be used by the public to search an online database containing detailed information about both individual brokers and financial firms.

Does an RIA have a CRD number?

RIAs and the Form ADV Once the account is open, FINRA will supply the advisor or firm with a CRD number and account ID information. Then the RIA can file Form ADV and the U4 forms with either the SEC or states. The Form ADV is the official application document used by the government to apply to become an RIA.

Can an RIA hold a Series 7?

In some ways, the Series 7 credential is incompatible with the fiduciary relationship required of RIAs. An RIA is bound by law to put the client’s needs first. The Series 7, however, authorizes the holder to work on behalf of a broker-dealer, not necessarily on behalf of the client.

Does an RIA need a Series 24?

Maintaining a relationship with a brokerage firm while creating an independent RIA will require maintaining a series 7 and potentially a series 63/65. There will be certain supervisory requirements from the broker-dealer you affiliate with requiring registered individuals to comply.

What is an IARD number?

The Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) is an electronic system through which investment advisors register themselves and file required reports and disclosures with the U.S. federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and with state-level regulators.

What is the difference between an RIA and a financial advisor?

A Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) is an individual financial advisor or a company that provides its clients with financial advice. Unlike other types of financial advisors, RIAs have a fiduciary duty to act in your best interest.

What is my FINRA CRD?

FINRA is responsible for the Central Registration Depository (CRD®) program, which supports the licensing and registration filing requirements of the U.S. securities industry and its regulators.