About Cambridge

We are a financial solutions firm that is internally controlled and focused on serving independent financial professionals and their investing clients.

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Cambridge is a Financial Solutions Firm


Cambridge is a financial solutions firm focused on serving independent financial professionals and their investing clients while preserving its internal control. Cambridge offers a broad range of choices for independent financial professionals regarding solutions for advice, growth, technology, and independence. Cambridge’s national reach includes: Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc. – a large corporate RIA; and Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. – an independent broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, that is among the largest internally controlled independent broker-dealers in the country.

We believe advisor choice is our business, and we are committed to serving quality independent financial professionals focused on serving the best interests of their clients.

Cambridge Highlights as of December 31, 2020


Gross Revenues


Assets Under Advisement (AUA)*


CFP® Professionals


Founded In


Home Office Associates


Producing Financial Professionals

*AUA reflects fee based and independent RIA assets plus commission assets
¹For the 12 months ending December 31, 2020
²Cambridge and its predecessor broker-dealer

You Control the Journey®

At Cambridge, we understand that financial professionals need to chart the path that works best for them and their investing clients. The independent financial professional is the pilot, but Cambridge stands ready to offer guidance and choices that includes financial professional-focused financial solutions:

  • Succession and acquisition financial lending plus business technology expertise

  • Advice solutions for both asset management and financial planning with portfolio overlay management

  • Platform choices comprised of a corporate RIA or independent RIA for dual registration or fee only business models

  • Customizable services for a wide variety of financial professional business models including: solo financial professionals, ensembles, ensemble enterprises, multi-financial professional teams, and enterprises

  • Outsource services centered on independent financial professional firms, including business consulting, client marketing, and office assistance, as well insurance services

  • A broad array of commission based solutions for both qualified and nonqualified accounts

At Cambridge, we are business innovators, financial planners, wealth financial professionals, business builders, next generation, retirement planners, visionaries, investment financial professionals, succession planners, entrepreneurs, and business owners. We believe clients come first, and we all need the freedom to customize our business, our way, to best serve our clients.

We Believe Every Journey is Important

Purpose to Make a Difference

Cambridge’s purpose is to make a difference in the lives of our financial professionals, their clients, and our associates. Our values are integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness, and these values have served us well for 39 years.¹

Over 3,300 independent financial professionals choose Cambridge for financial solutions and services, and they serve hundreds of thousands of investing clients across the country through their independent businesses.

Our high standards must always move even higher, but earning a 9 out of 10 annual financial professional satisfaction rating, together with being voted Broker-Dealer of the Year¹ 12 times and a Top Workplace² 11 times represents a satisfaction trifecta as measured by financial professionals and associates. We are in the business of serving others, and we are grateful for their confidence, trust, appreciation, and perhaps most importantly, our shared sense of purpose and values.

Culture Counts and Values Matter Most

We believe a firm’s culture influences its reputation. We think you can take a hard look at a firm’s stated purpose and values and compare that to how the firm’s management and associates engage with financial professionals and manage business activity. Since our earliest days, we’ve been dedicated to our values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. These values guide our decisions and shape our efforts on behalf of independent financial professionals and their investing clients.

We are proud that financial professionals choosing Cambridge share our values and our purpose to make a difference, while embracing an independent mindset, as they seek to best serve their investing clients.


¹Investment Advisor magazine, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007 division IV; 2003 Division III.

²The Des Moines Register, 2011 – 2021

Honored to be a leader among the most respected firms in the industry, 
Cambridge continues to be strong and growing


Largest broker-dealer based on gross revenues, Financial Advisor magazine, 2020


Largest in U.S. for independent broker-dealer revenue, InvestmentNews magazine, 2020


In total revenue,
Financial Planning magazine, 2019


for number of CFP® professionals,
InvestmentNews magazine, 2020


in fee based mix,
Financial Planning magazine, 2019


Largest broker-dealer,
Investment Advisor magazine, 2020