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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 Colleen Kirton
  • Mgr, Sustainability Marketing & Program Develpment, TD Ameritrade Institutional

It’s time to stop thinking of non-advisor roles as non-important roles

If you’ve ever considered hiring someone to help out around your firm, but thought, “Nah, I don’t need the extra expense for something I can do myself,” then it might be time to think again.

The RIA industry is set to grow at a rapid pace, with clients looking for financial advice more than ever before. And their expectations of the types of services you provide are also increasing. Retirement, healthcare, estate planning—the list goes on. So how do you keep up?

“Integrate ALL the technology!” Sure, that might help for a minute. But then what? Who is going to be there to educate your staff on how to use it? And more importantly, who will make sure you’re optimizing your technology to operate your business as efficiently as possible?

It’s when advisors get to this point that they really start to view their ‘practice’ as more of a business and start thinking of the support functions that go along with it.

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