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Lead the way by becoming an RIA

If you’re anything like your peers, you expect to utilize more technology, enjoy better flexibility and engage in meaningful work that’s rewarding on every level—all potential opportunities that come with becoming an independent RIA. And whether you’ve been advising for a few years or are a student thinking about a career in an RIA firm, it might be time to consider the possibilities that becoming an RIA can bring.

The future of the industry in numbers

31% of RIA firms look to new college graduates for revenue-generating roles
The growth rate of personal financial advisor jobs is 4X the average for all occupations
The number of personal financial advisor jobs is expected to increase by 30% by 2024
75% of the workforce will be comprised of NextGen talent by 2025
  • 1. FA Insight, The 2017 FA Insight Study of Advisory Firms: People and Pay Executive Summary.
  • 2. Cerulli Associates, Advisor Metrics 2016.
  • 3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.
  • 4. Direct Recruiters, Inc., How Millennials Are Changing the Workplace, Accessed August 23, 2017,
  • 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.

NextGen resources

After Graduation: A Student’s Guide to a Career in Financial Planning

After Graduation: A Student’s Guide to a Career in Financial Planning

As you prepare to enter the workforce, there are a lot of decisions to make. Not least of which is figuring out the advising model that’s right for you. Not sure which path to take? Use this helpful guide to learn more about the industry and determine the route that’s right for you.

The RIA NextGen Career Exchange

The RIA NextGen Career Exchange

This free resource connects candidates like you to job and internship opportunities across the country. Start exploring today by creating an account, posting your resume and browsing the available jobs and internships.

What Should You Expect from a Custodian?

What Should You Expect from a Custodian?

Seasoned advisors agree—having the right custodian can be crucial to evolving and growing your career. To help you get a better idea of what to look for in this relationship, we’ve gathered the advice of RIAs into this helpful infographic.

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.

Joining a Firm

Hear from an advisor who joined a firm after going independent.

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.

Bob Rall

He left the wirehouse to build deeper relationships with his clients.

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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Have you been thinking about what your future business might be like? Use our quick tool to get a better understanding of how to make the most of your journey toward becoming an RIA.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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