Financial Services Up at Largest Firms, Down at Smaller Ones

Couple meeting with investment advisor.Conflict of interest is one reason smaller firms shy away from RIAs.

The largest CPA firms are by far the leaders in providing investment advisory services, but the rest of the profession does not appear to be following their lead too closely.

Fifty-eight percent of the profession’s largest firms, with more than $20 million in annual fees, offer investment advisory services, up from 51 percent in 2012, and another 9.1 percent were at least somewhat likely to add the services to their menus, according to the “The National MAP Survey of CPA Firm Statistics: The Rosenberg Survey.”