Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) raised their fees for assets under management fractionally to 1.00% in 2006 from 0.98% in 2005, according to the Rydex Advisor Benchmarking Survey.
   Almost three-quarters of the 912 advisors surveyed, or 71%, reported some increase in fees. Most of them cited the trend towards increasingly customized solutions as the reason for the fee hike, Rydex reports.
   In other developments, the survey found that a growing number of RIAs no longer fear giving up control over client relationships and delegating greater responsibility over client management to staffers. Last year, 29% of the advisors surveyed said they were comfortable delegating meetings involving clients with modest asset levels to staffers. In 2005, only 9% were willing to do so.