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We are excited to share a collection of relevant, timely, and insightful articles that can help you grow and strengthen your business. TD Ameritrade and leading industry experts will be contributing their unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that RIAs are facing today. Thank you for joining our community and we look forward to connecting with you!

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  • by Justin Di Filippo
  • Director, iRebal Product Management, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Creating Tomorrow’s Experience by Evolving Today’s Processes

It’s not uncommon for a firm to put the advisor at the core of its portfolio management and investment operations processes in a decentralized, autonomous role. Often, advisors start as the primary stakeholders for client relationships. This includes knowing all the particulars of the client’s situation, and taking responsibility for investment selection and timing of trading decisions.

As your RIA practice continues to grow, challenges will arise with this structure that may be difficult to overcome –lack of recordkeeping across advisors could increase compliance risk. Clients could perceive their relationship to be with their advisor and not with your firm–potentially eroding your firm’s enterprise value.

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  • by Skip Schweiss
  • President, TD Ameritrade Trust Company
    Managing Director of Advisor Advocacy & Industry Affairs

May is Military Appreciation Month (but let’s show our appreciation the other 11 months, too!)

I volunteered at the Denver USO club for nine years. Early in that experience, I met a young soldier on a two-week leave from a combat tour in the Middle East. And he was quite struck by the lack of awareness and engagement by citizens on the home front. He seemed shocked, and sad. That really stuck with me.


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  • by Kate Healy
  • Managing Director, Advisor Marketing & Sustainability, TD Ameritrade Institutional

AdvoKate: Building Our Talent Pipeline, Together

When it comes to nourishing the future of the RIA industry, TD Ameritrade Institutional’s own Kate Healy is a woman on a mission. Determined to reach back and lift others up, she’s a constant presence at industry conferences and events — leading the charge to educate and encourage current and future advisors. She has so much knowledge and inspiration to share, we’re pleased to introduce her new blog series “AdvoKate.” Here Kate will keep you up to date on what we’re doing to nurture and sustain RIAs with a focus on diversity and NextGen talent.

Martha Tullis (RIA NextGen Scholarship Winner) and Kate Healy

Martha Tullis and Kate Healy

Demand for financial planners is growing—that’s great news. The challenge is that there’s not enough talent out there to fill the void. I think, however, that if we work together, we can build a great talent pipeline.

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