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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!

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

Fiduciary Rule: Yes, RIAs Must Also Adapt

After six years of proposals and feedback, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final “Conflict of Interest Rule” on April 6.  Weighing in at a hefty 1,023 pages, it’s in a league with Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act in brevity.  And like those landmark bills, it will be years before we know the full set of impacts from this rule.  I’m writing this less than three weeks after the release, and as someone recently said, “Right now, if you ask 3 lawyers what this rule says, you’ll get 5 different answers.”  As someone else said, “’War and Peace’ rang in at 1,225 pages, and no one read that – much less thoroughly understood it – in a couple of weeks.”  We are still reading and re-reading, and digesting the rule and various industry analyses, and trying to figure out how it will impact our business – and yours.  One thing we can state with confidence is that it will impact all providers of investment advice to retirement investors.

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  • by Scott Collins
  • Director, Brokerage Independence, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Motivations Behind the Breakaway Movement

Whether you’re an advisor at an independent broker-dealer (IBD) or a wirehouse, you might be looking around and wondering, Have I had enough of this? Have I out-grown my current firm? Or, thinking it’s time to take control and establish my RIA firm. Well, you’re not alone, according to our December 2015 ExploringYourIndependence.com advisor assessment results, 82% of advisors who said they were looking to make a move said they’d do so by end of 2016. And, thanks to the turmoil in the IBD channel and the expiration of retention bonuses at the wirehouses, the RIA momentum is likely to continue. Our new infographic explores what’s motivating some advisors to make the move to full independence.

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  • by Kate Healy
  • Managing Director, Institutional Marketing, TD Ameritrade Institutional

NextGen Scholarship Winner Shares Her Link to 2016 National LINC

Martie Tullis

In an effort to attract talent to our growing industry, each year, TD Ameritrade Institutional awards 12 scholarships to deserving, financial planning students. Scholarship winners are invited to attend TD Ameritrade Institutional-sponsored events to further immerse themselves in their chosen careers. Visits to the New York Stock Exchange and TD Ameritrade’s annual National LINC conference were on this year’s agenda!

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