Mark Dowling and Dale Yahnke founded our firm 20 years ago when the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) model of providing financial advice was in its infancy. In the early 1990s, RIAs offered investors an independent alternative to the then predominant sales-oriented, broker-driven model of investment advice. As fiduciaries, RIAs are duty-bound to put clients’ interests first. In addition to acting as a fiduciary, Dowling & Yahnke seeks to minimize potential conflicts of interest by operating as a fee-only investment advisor. The only revenue that comes into the firm is the investment advisory fees paid by our clients. Since we receive no sales commissions or referral fees, clients never have to wonder whether we are making a trade or investment recommendation out of a desire to increase our compensation rather than solely for their benefit.
Dale Yahnke is currently being featured in a public awareness campaign regarding the RIA industry. The multimedia campaign, entitled “RIA Stands for You,” was created and funded by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Schwab). The goal of the campaign is to clarify and distinguish the role of registered investment advisors within the financial services industry. Read more about the RIA Stands for You campaign at RIA Stands for You.