Choosing the Right Custodian

"Working with a custodian that understands our business is absolutely critical."

Anthony Schembri, Partner & Managing Director, Clarfeld

Anthony Schembri

It's a big decision. The custodian you choose will be your support network for the long run. They'll play a critical role in giving you the tools, guidance, and strategies you need to achieve your business vision. So before you choose a custodian, make sure that their strengths, approach, and culture line up with your long-term needs.

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Choose a custodian that's right for you and your business.

Determine your criteria

First, decide what's most important. What capabilities do you need to be able to run your business the way you want? Then do your due diligence. Ask a lot of questions. And make sure you’ll be getting service that will be consultative, strategic, and responsive to your needs.

It's also important to get a good feel for the culture - you'll be working with your custodian for the long run, so be sure they're a good fit for you and your clients.

A higher level of commitment

We've built our entire business model around helping you succeed. We'll be by your side from day one. We'll help you transition, manage, grow, and evolve your business. We'll show you how to make the most of your technology and business solutions. We'll even consult with you to help find the right third-party partners and staff. So you can maximize your capabilities and achieve your business vision. We're completely focused on serving you, so you can focus on doing the best job for your clients.

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The Role of an RIA Custodian

Bonner Barnes
Bonner C. Barnes

President & Chief Investment Officer, Corda Investment Management Hear Bonner and other advisors explain the value of working
with a custodian like
TD Ameritrade  

Some important criteria to look for are:

  • Experienced and attentive transition specialists who will walk you through each step of the process
  • A strategic relationship that can help you define and achieve your vision
  • An objective, transparent business model
  • Support for your growth aspirations
  • Experienced consultative support for M&A activity
  • A flexible platform that accommodates your working style
  • A knowledgeable, responsive, and reliable service team
  • A broad range of investment solutions that enable you to do the best job for your clients
  • A culture that puts your needs above all
  • A relationship that you’ll feel good about long after you make the move

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