Respond to some of the following questions: 1) What is the difference between a Brokerage Firm/Broker Dealer and a RIA Registered Investment Advisor? Can they be the same thing? Can a business be a RIA and an Individual be an RIA? What is the difference? Does a trust officer need to be licensed as a broker or investment advisor. Your thoughts? Can a customer trade options and commodities just by establishing an account? How would YOU open an account to make trades of options? Lets say you want to help investors hedge against risk, or protect upside? What types of investments could you use?