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  • by Ben Welch
  • Director of Advisor Business Development and iRebal, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Documented Discipline

Ben Welch, Director of Advisor Business Development and iRebal, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Ben Welch, Director of Advisor Business Development and iRebal, TD Ameritrade Institutional

“As Director of Advisor Business Development and iRebal® (the portfolio rebalancing tool available through TD Ameritrade Institutional), I work with a team continuously striving to develop new technology and programs to help advisors streamline their operations, provide better client service, and grow their businesses.”

The first time I visited the office of a large advisory firm using iRebal, shortly after TD Ameritrade’s purchase of the software company, I was surprised to pick up their marketing brochure and find a whole page dedicated to their rebalancing strategy.  The firm’s leaders explained to me that their ability to not only preach, but actually document and consistently execute a disciplined portfolio rebalancing strategy, gave them a tangible competitive advantage in speaking with prospects.

Investors turn to RIAs for a smarter approach. Without a documented and mutually understood rebalancing strategy in place, it’s all too easy for the client—or even the advisor—to slip back into the emotion-based investment decisions that have devastated all too many portfolios.

Lack of a defined rebalancing strategy = lack of disciplined risk management

Many advisors intend to analyze and rebalance client portfolios on a routine basis, though their process of actually doing so may not be consistent. No matter the allocation of the portfolio, the method of portfolio construction, or the trading strategy used, rebalancing according to a disciplined approach allows you to control risk and rest easier with the knowledge that none of your clients are slipping through the cracks.  Market volatility will bring good and bad times to all investors, but advisors have the opportunity to face their clients in all conditions and provide the comfort of a consistently executed strategy.

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  • by Jon Patullo
  • Managing Director, Technology Product Management, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Are You Using Your Technology Progressively? The Five Questions Advisors Must Ask.

Managing Director, Technology Product Management, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Jon Patullo, Managing Director, Technology Product Management, TD Ameritrade Institutional

“This post is contributed by Jon Patullo, Managing Director, Technology Product Management at TD Ameritrade Institutional.”

We all know that time is money and that technology can help speed up processes. So, it’s no surprise that many advisory firms are looking to technology integration to drive operational improvement over the next few years – and rightfully so. Integrating applications can help address a key priority for all firms, which is freeing up more partner time for business development—not just for growth, but also for profitable growth. When one looks at all the profitability metrics that matter, technology can play a decisive role in improved performance: increasing assets under management per employee, and revenue per employee, which support both larger operating margins and higher professional compensation.”

Furthermore, improved performance can lead to better results for everyone, including clients, who may have high expectations of their advisors’ technology platforms. Technology integration is driving rapid increases in the speed, usability and flexibility of consumer technology which fosters better client experiences and higher client satisfaction.

Other potential benefits include: more time for client-facing activity; reduced costs through automation, minimizing manual work; maximizing team productivity; clearer businesses processes and strategies; and higher reliability and accountability, including fewer errors and corrections.

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Proud Supporter of Athletes and Advisors

Tom Nally

Tom Nally, President, TD Ameritrade Institutional

“A message from Tom Nally, President,
TD Ameritrade Institutional”

2014 marks another year of our proud sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and I couldn’t be more excited for the athletes. It’s amazing when you consider how far they’ve traveled in their respective lives and careers in order to get to Sochi. And I’m even more excited to see where their journey takes them once the Olympic Winter Games are over.

Being in the industry for 20 years, I’ve met more than a handful of independent RIAs. As business owners, one thing most of them have in common is personal conviction and determination—it’s something I love about this business, and it truly inspires me.

While I haven’t met many Olympians, I think it’s safe to say that what got them to where they are today is the same spirit, conviction and determination that drives RIAs. I was only eight years old when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union in 1980, but I’ll never forget how amazing it was to watch them overcome the odds and win. That’s the same feeling I get when I watch RIAs performing at the highest level, with conviction and determination, to overcome the odds and win for their clients.  For an advisor, anything less can result in not just a loss for them, but also for those who count on them. Talk about pressure.

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2014 National Conference Video Coverage

2014 National Conference Video Coverage

Tom Nally, president of TD Ameritrade Institutional, highlights two strategies advisers should employ in order to reach and build strong working relationships with younger clients.
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More video coverage of the 2014 National Conference provided by Investment News.



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