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  • by Bryan Baas
  • Managing Director, Institutional Oversight and Control, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Cybersecurity: A Team Effort

Your clients may ask you, “Can you help me make a plan to reach my financial goals”; “How can we prepare for the unexpected”; or even, “What are your fees.” You get these questions a lot and you deliver the answers with confidence, because you’re prepared.

Can the same be said when it comes to cybersecurity?

What if a client sat in front of you today and asked, “How much time do you spend and what steps do you and your team take to ensure my financial information is safe?” Would you even know the answer? Would it be an answer that you’d feel good about?

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  • by Beverly D. Flaxington

Providing Better Service by Staying True to Your Values

A firm’s culture grows and evolves organically—so you’d better be deliberate about defining it. That’s why it’s so important that, as a leader, you create a vision, mission and values that are clear to your team and help guide your culture in a positive direction. If you’re not sure whether you need to redefine these items, start polling your employees. Ask them—without reading what might be posted somewhere—what your firm’s core values are. Do they struggle to answer? If so, imagine the kind of experience your customers are having. Without a clear set of values to guide your team, you risk fostering an environment where your staff does business without motivation, passion or true engagement—and most firms would agree that’s not the type of service they aim to provide.

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  • by Travis Brewer
  • VP, Business Consulting, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Fostering a Culture of Continuous Improvement

When you consider ways to grow your firm, are the top two options that immediately come to mind onboarding more clients or acquiring another firm? If so, you’re not alone. But the reality is, operational efficiency takes discipline and is an often-overlooked method of improving profitability for a firm. Think about it: When your firm is efficient, you and your team can spend more time focused on completing work the client is willing to pay for. It’s work that directly increases the value of the relationship in the eyes of the client.

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