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Love the RIA model but not interested in running your own business?

Joining an existing RIA firm may be a great fit for you. Here’s why Rachel is glad she took that route:

Infrastructure: Existing firms already have the technologies, processes and teams in place that are needed to do business.

Reputation: Marketing can be easier when you can leverage the status of an existing firm.

Simplicity: Joining a firm allows you to serve your clients without worrying about day-to-day business operations.

Affordability: The time and costs associated with running your own business are no longer an issue when you become part of a larger team.

Does joining a firm add up?

33% of M&A transactions at the close of 2016 involved the acquisition of a solo advisor
1 in 4 advisors who we’ve helped make a move has decided to join an existing independent RIA
  • 1. FA Insight, Mergers & Acquisitions in the RIA Industry: Overcoming the Big Disconnect, 2017.
  • 2. TD Ameritrade Institutional internal analysis, September 2014.
  • FA Insight is a product of TD Ameritrade Institutional, Division of TD Ameritrade Inc. FA Insight is a trademark owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc.

Relevant resources

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

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

If you’ve decided to join a firm but aren’t sure where to begin, use this checklist to help you find the RIA firm that’s the right match for you.

Looking Ahead: How Joining a Firm Now Can Help You Later

Looking Ahead: How Joining a Firm Now Can Help You Later

Whether you’re planning for retirement or just looking to lighten your operational workload, joining a firm can be a great way to start your next chapter. Read this blog to learn about the options and opportunities best suited for whatever path your career takes.

Meet advisors like you who are
growing their business, their way

Anjali Jariwala

She grows her firm by targeting clients who share her life experiences.

Rachel Moran

She joined an existing firm to evolve her career and focus on clients.

NextGen Advisors

Hear from advisors who know about how the RIA model is perfect for NextGen talent.

Operational Efficiency

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

Bob Rall

He uses technology and non-traditional marketing to help his firm succeed.

Evelyn Zohlen

She works with TD Ameritrade to focus on making a difference in women's lives.

Eileen O'Connor

She grows her firm by fostering a happy work environment for her team.

The Fong Brothers

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

Doug Liptak

Keeping things simple helped him grow his firm to hold over $2.4B AUM.

Ready for more

advisor insights and advice?

You think big.

So, what’s next?

You’re always thinking a few steps ahead. Are you ready for your next move? Take this short assessment, and we’ll provide a few resources that can help you take the next step.

Telling your

firm’s story

A solid value proposition is the foundation for the decisions you make, the services you provide, and the way people see you. This guidebook can help you create one that resonates.

Additional resources
to help you on your journey


Building Authentic Connections Through Social Media

Unsure where to start when it comes to building a social presence for your firm? This guide offers a comprehensive look at how to begin.


Adding Tech Solutions to Help Win with Clients

Are you making the most of available technology to connect with both current and potential clients? Read more about how to seamlessly integrate smart tech solutions into your practice.


Growth Insights from RIAs like You

What’s the best way to grow your RIA firm? Learn from other Advisors who’ve done it successfully in this infographic.


Securing Your Firm's Future

It’s never too early to think about a succession plan for your RIA firm. Learn how to get started in this guide.

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