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My transition

in numbers

More than 90%: Clients retained during transition
8 yrs.: At the wirehouse | 60 days: Total transition time

My best advice

with Bob Rall

For many advisors, the wirehouse can be a great safety net. Even if they aren’t happy, they stay for fear of the unknown. To them I say, “leap and the net shall appear.” That’s the philosophy I followed before I started my own RIA firm, and I echo it today to those who are unsure about making the switch.

 

The marketing and organizational aspects of running a business worried me most, but I found plenty of resources to help me. By leaning on TD Ameritrade to help me integrate my financial planning, portfolio management, CRM, and document management technologies, for example, I’m able to run an efficient firm that revolves around the needs of my clients.

 

There are many other “safety nets” available for RIAs, like third-party vendors who help with hiring, education, hardware, compliance and more. Ask your custodian to help you find the ones that are the best fit for your new independent practice.

Inspired by my story?

Learn more about transitioning to the RIA model by contacting TD Ameritrade today!

Or call 800-934-6124

Meet advisors like you who have
successfully transitioned

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Gerald Loftin

After 12 years at his independent broker-dealer, he decided enough was enough.

Operational Efficiency

Hear from an operations pro about how to streamline your new firm's operations to provide a seamless customer experience.

The Fong Brothers

They turned their family values into a strong foundation for a growing and successful firm.

Ryder Brose

He used the RIA model to put his clients first.

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Become an RIA in

4 simple steps

From choosing the right business model to helping your firm thrive after transition, you may have a lot of questions about becoming an independent RIA. Get the answers you’re looking for in our guidebook, Becoming an Independent RIA.

Additional resources
to help you on your journey

Quick Guide

A Student’s Guide to a Career in Financial Planning

Which advising model is right for you? Use this guide to find out—and learn more about the industry.

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Finding the Right Fit: A Quick Guide to Joining the Right RIA Firm

Interested in leveraging an existing firm’s infrastructure but not sure where to begin? This checklist can help.

Slideshow

Become Robo-Efficient in 3 Easy Steps

Offer clients in your new firm the automated convenience robo-advisors can provide—plus the human touch they can't.

Infographic

Advocating for You: The Cornerstone of What We Do

Becoming an RIA means having us on your side—even on Capitol Hill. Find out how we practice industry advocacy.

Need more resources to guide you?

Human Finance | My journey to independence featuring Bob Rall