The Path to Independence in Two Steps or One—with Alex Goss of Goss Advisors
Featuring guest host Louis Diamond
Not every wirehouse advisor who moves to independence makes the break in one move: Sometimes, the road involves a series of smaller steps. Such was the case for Alex Goss, President of Goss Advisors, a $6B hybrid-RIA based in New Orleans. His path began in the wirehouse world, which he left for the independent broker dealer space before launching his own firm—now one of the leading platforms for prospective advisors.
Louis Diamond hosts this episode and discusses with Alex:
- The insider’s perspective on key differences between the Independent Broker Dealer (IBD) and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) models.
- How to assess the importance of drivers like economics, flexibility and service before making a move.
- How to think about the transition packages offered by many broker dealers. (Hint: It’s not “free money.”)
- The economics of a traditional employee model vs. the IBD space vs. owning your own RIA.
- And much more.
Is it worth it to move to independence first via the broker dealer route, or should you just head directly to the RIA space? As Alex explains, running an RIA takes a lot of work, but for advisors willing to act as their own contractor and build their firm from scratch it also provides a great deal of reward. With first-hand experience spanning the landscape of our industry, Alex offers invaluable insights that you don’t want to miss.
About Alex Goss:
Alex Goss, President of Goss Advisors, is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. After graduating with honors in business administration from Louisiana State University, he moved to New York City where he worked for the startup iSeatz.com. As director of Business Development, he negotiated partnerships with Fortune 100 companies including MasterCard and CitiGroup. Alex then went on to co-found adverCar.com, headquartered in San Francisco. Alex helped bring adverCar from an idea to raising over $2 million in venture capital; and he gained valuable experience in running a business, understanding business owners’ needs and challenges, and staying competitive even in the most adverse business cycles and economic environments.
Alex was one of only a few advisors from Wells Fargo Advisors in Louisiana to obtain the Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 2012. Alex adopted Jerry’s client-first philosophy, and the conviction that a custom investment plan for each client forms the foundation for long-term success. He now focuses on developing tailored investment plans for his clients and assisting his father in portfolio construction and strategy.
Alex sits on the BREC Foundation Board, supporting the Recreation and Park Commission in its efforts to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish through the conservation and preservation of green spaces, recreational programs and park facilities. Alex lives in New Orleans and enjoys playing golf, hunting and fishing.