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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

Todd Resnick

He joined his partners to break away and do things on their own terms.

Stephen Rischall

He left his independent broker-dealer to start his own firm and experience true freedom.

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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

Infographic

M&A on the Horizon: Ready to Grow Your Firm?

If it’s time to start thinking big(ger), we can help. Learn about what you need to do to prepare for M&A at your firm.

Worksheet

Going Independent by the Numbers: Mapping Out the Costs of Starting Your RIA Firm

Ready to go out on your own? Let’s do some math. Use this worksheet to keep track of what your startup costs may be.

Guide

Steps to Independence: Structuring and Setting Up Your RIA Firm

Starting your own RIA firm? Use this guide to walk through some critical steps you'll need to take as you get up and running.

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Realize More Career Freedom: Discover the Benefits of the RIA Model

Transitioning to independence could be a win for you and your clients. Find out what other Advisors have to say about what it’s like on the other side.

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