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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’re Talented.

Let’s Prove It!

When it comes to being an RIA, you deserve to be in the limelight. So, get in touch with your musical side by taking our Unleash Your Inner Superstar quiz.

Outsource your

way to real growth

Depending on the size of your firm, you and your team may find yourselves wasting a lot of time juggling. To optimize your staff to the fullest, read our white paper to learn how delegating a few daily tasks can help your business grow.

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.


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

Ready to join an RIA firm but not sure where to begin? This checklist can help.


Become Robo-Efficient in 3 Easy Steps

Offer clients the automated convenience robo-advisors can provide—plus the human touch they can’t.


Advocating for You: The Cornerstone of What We Do

We support RIAs in their firms, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Find out how we practice industry advocacy.

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