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  • by Kate Healy
  • Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional

AdvoKate: The window is open!

After a long winter, including too much late-season snow here in the northeast, it’s finally time to open the windows: both the actual windows that let in the fresh air and, my favorite, the RIA NextGen scholarship and grant application windows that usher in a fresh crop of RIA talent.

For the sixth year, TD Ameritrade Institutional will award twelve $5,000 scholarships to deserving and talented students, with two that focus on diversity. Plus, two grants will be awarded to universities that demonstrate a commitment to educating the industry’s future financial professionals:

  • One $50,000 grant to a university with an established program
  • One $25,000 grant to a university with an emerging program

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  • by Kate Healy
  • Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Make 2018 a Great Year — Start (or Improve) Your Internship Program

Welcome to January! If you’re like me, you try to make a few realistic resolutions for both your personal and professional life. But I’m not here to be your life coach. I just have one simple question: Is one of your goals to do a better job at attracting NextGen talent to your firm?

If this is on your top 10 list of things to improve in 2018 . . . good. Let’s get started. If it isn’t, read on because maybe it should be something you consider in the year ahead.

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  • by Kate Healy
  • Managing Director, Generation Next, TD Ameritrade Institutional

AdvoKate: Building the Future Is About More than Just Hiring

Freshly cleaned cube: check. System logins set up: check. Tour the break room and share parking info: check, check. Welcome aboard! Good luck and see you at your annual review. Now I can scratch “hire NextGen talent” from my to-do list.

Okay, that’s a bit extreme. But you get my point. We know it’s important to hire NextGen advisors (and I’ll remind you later of a few of those reasons). But developing people — fostering a meaningful, robust career — is a crucial piece of the puzzle that is lacking among RIA firms and I’m going to focus on today.

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