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

Advocating for You

TD Ameritrade Institutional’s own Skip Schweiss recently received the 2016 Insider’s Forum Leadership Award—reinforcing our position as a steadfast advocate for independent RIAs.

To ensure you get the most out of the meaningful work Skip does, we’re pleased to introduce his new blog series, Advocating for You. Here we will check in with Skip as he continues to give RIAs a voice in Washington, DC, and supports advisors throughout the country. We want to be sure you hear from him often, and have a way to connect with this great resource. It’s all for you.


The days are long, but a year is short

When the Department of Labor (DOL) released its Conflict of Interest Rule in April of this year, I began quite a road trip. There was a craving for information, and part of my role is to deliver it to you. RIAs have a year to prepare and the clock is ticking—so April through June, I traveled every week.

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  • by Jay Wampler
  • SR. Business Consultant, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Will Financial Advisors have Fun Again?

Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder, Bryce Harper, is on a mission. At 23 years old, he believes baseball is tired, stuck in the past, and not reaching kids. He wants to make baseball fun again. And while many of the game’s purists scoff, Bryce forges on and promotes his cause.

Is he simply arrogant? Or does he have his pulse on what needs to change? Baseball is challenged. Kids are playing soccer, X Games, and video games, saying  baseball is too long and slow. Having played baseball into my adult life, I agree!

Are RIAs in a similar slump?

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

Where Are They Now: Past RIA NextGen Financial Planning Scholarship Recipients Check In

Kate Healy

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

Recently, I shared our celebration at the NASDAQ ® with TD Ameritrade Institutional’s 2016 RIA NextGen Financial Planning Scholarship recipients with you.

A key goal of our RIA NextGen scholarship and grant program is to encourage more students to pursue financial planning as a career, and to support them and their schools along the way. I began to wonder how some of our past recipients were doing, so I reached out to a couple to find out. I asked them to reflect on what it meant  to be recognized for their efforts, and share with us how their careers have been progressing. They also offered some advice for this year’s recipients. Here’s what they had to say:

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