Who we Serve

Registered Investment Advisors

The Registered investment Advisor (RIA) model is blazing new paths through the traditional advisor landscape; offering new opportunities, resources, support and true independence.

* The Cerulli Report—U.S. Advisor Metrics 2020 – Exhibit 2.0, Advisor-Managed Assets, 2009-2019

** The Cerulli Report—U.S. Advisor Metrics 2020 – Exhibit 2.03 – Part 1, Overview of Advisor Channels, 2019

First Clearing is your guide to create the client experience you desire and the legacy you deserve.

When you work with First Clearing, you’re combining strength, scale and heritage with more than 30 years of providing custody services to RIAs and brokerage firms:

Informed and accessible senior leadership team
accountable to you

Responsive, individualized service delivered by
empowered seasoned industry professionals that know you and your unique business

Full Service Lending 1:
• Easy access securities-based lending offered at competitive rates
• Leading home mortgages services — primary, secondary, vacation, jumbo, investment available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
• Business succession planning services for your business owner clients
• Private Banking suite, including custom lending facilities, liabilities management services and capital restructuring

Turn-key investment solutions: Wells Fargos advisory platform and Adhesion Wealth Advisor Solutions6, both providing access to third party SMAs and managed investment programs, together with Seamless securities processing including equities, fixed income, Mutual Funds, 529s, ETFs, CDs

Expert Life Event Consulting: Corporate executive services, tax planning, Social Security/Medicare benefits, Estate plan analysis, Trust Services

Online research offering from Wells Fargo Investment Institute5, including daily market updates and live client calls, as well as research from other top rated research providers

Proven third-party supported processing solutions for Annuities, Alternative Investments and Insurance

Fusion, powered by TradePMR7:
• Digital account opening/document generation and e-signature
• Trading and rebalancing tools
• Portfolio modeling, management
• Flexible billing capability, digital service request processing and custom performance reporting
• Digital client portal

Fintech Flexibility
• Open architecture allows for integration with third party software
• Ready-to-go integrations with many of the industry’s top fintech providers

Dedicated team of transition specialists

Advisor Recruiting Services with expert onboarding, training and support

Access to extensive network of third party consultants to help support all your business needs

Growth Accelerator® advisor development and coaching program

Succession strategies and valuation services 

Capital support and M&A opportunities 

We believe the RIA model provides


from the status quo


to create a practice to serve the unique needs of clients


to build a sustainable business for the future

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Lets Have a Conversation

Whether you’re looking to start an RIA or looking for a new custodian. First Clearing is here to help. Together, we’re redefining independence. If you’re ready to learn more or get the conversation started, reach out to us.


1 Lending services accessed through Wells Fargo Clearing Services or its affiliates including securities based financing, residential mortgages, business financing and credit cards.

2 Securities based lending has special risks and is not appropriate for everyone. If the market value of a client s pledged securities declines below required levels, the client may be required to pay down his or her line of credit or pledge additional eligible securities in order to maintain it, or the lender may require the sale of some or all of the client s pledged securities. Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC will attempt to notify clients of maintenance calls but is not required to do so. Clients are not entitled to choose which securities in their accounts are sold. The sale of their pledged securities may cause clients to suffer adverse tax consequences. Clients should discuss the tax implications of pledging securities as collateral with their tax advisors. First Clearing and its affiliates are not tax or legal advisors. An increase in interest rates will affect the overall cost of borrowing. All securities and accounts are subject to eligibility requirements. Clients should read all line of credit documents carefully. The proceeds from securities based lines of credit may not be used to purchase additional securities, pay down margin, or for insurance products offered by Wells Fargo and any of its affiliates. Securities held in a retirement account cannot be used as collateral to obtain a loan. Securities purchased in the pledge account must meet collateral eligibility requirements.

3 Lending and other banking services available through Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (NMLS UI 2234) are offered by banking and non banking subsidiaries of Wells Fargo & Company, including, but not limited to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (NMLSR ID 399801), Member FDIC, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Certain restrictions apply. Programs, rates, terms, and conditions are subject to change without advance notice. Products are not available in all states. Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC is licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act and the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (NMLS ID 0906158). Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, holds a residential mortgage broker license in Georgia and is licensed as a residential mortgage broker (license number MB2234) in Massachusetts.

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4 Wells Fargo Private Bank offers products and services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

5 Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Inc. (WFII) is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

6 Adhesion Wealth Advisor Solutions, Inc. is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Vestmark, Inc. and is not affiliated with Wells Fargo & Company.

7 TradePMR, Inc. is a privately held brokerage and custodian service provider for Registered Investment Advisors and is not affiliated with Wells Fargo & Company.