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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 Andrew Town

Need More Time? Get a Virtual Assistant!

Andrew Town, Consultant, Strategic Relationships, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Andrew Town, Consultant, Strategic Relationships, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Everyone wants more time! From financial advisors to teachers to my four-year-old, nobody has enough time to do everything they want. Too often, this happens because we try to do it all ourselves.

It’s expensive to hire someone, hard to find the right person, and challenging to train someone to do everything that needs to be done. Enter the virtual assistant (VA). On-demand, efficient, expert, affordable help that can start immediately? It’s surprisingly easy to find good help these days.

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  • by Bryan Baas
  • Managing Director, Institutional Oversight and Control, TD Ameritrade Institutional

Before a Breach: Keeping your RIA Firm Secure

When it comes to data security, 2015 was a groundbreaking year in the financial industry. For the first time, the SEC officially chimed in and started to define the steps firms need to take to avoid a breach, along with the potential consequences in not following the defined standards, as evidenced in the first publicly disclosed enforcement actions against an RIA for not complying with the new standards. And it’s not just the SEC who’s watching. Your clients also want to know that you’re handling their data with care.

In addition to studying the SEC’s new guidelines, there are a number of ways to avoid breaches. Some can even be achieved at little to no cost to your firm. And while you may need to make a financial investment to get the job done, the amount of money you spend will pale in comparison to the fees, fines, attorney costs, and other expenses that go hand in hand with a data breach, not to mention the blow your firm’s reputation will take in the aftermath.

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

Realizing Your ROI: Investing in the Next Generation of Advisors

Where’s the next generation? They may be knocking at your door. When it comes to the future of financial advice, the next generation is getting ready to take over sooner than you might think. That’s why finding ways to bring this next generation of advisors into the fold could go a long way toward helping your firm continue to grow for many years to come.

Even if you’re a pro at managing your human capital, you may have a few questions about exactly how to invest in the next generation of advisors. We’ve spoken to experts and next-generation advisors alike to help bring you answers.

What are the next generation of advisors looking for when considering firms to join?

Contrary to what you may think, compensation and benefits are a small part of the equation when it comes to attracting millennials (those aged 18–34 as of 2016) who are entering the job force. It’s certainly an important factor, but what these advisors are really seeking goes much deeper than a big paycheck.

Just like you, the next generation of Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) are getting into the business because they want to help people. They want to work for firms that share their values and serve customers in ways that meet their own standards. They’re looking for RIA firms that can give junior advisors opportunities to collaborate with more seasoned professionals so they can continue to sharpen their skills. It’s important for next-gen advisors to feel challenged and have opportunities for career development.

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