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About the RIA Custodians section:

Asset custodians are the central players in the RIA business and choosing one is the biggest decision most financial advisors will make to build their business. As the place where RIAs park their assets (the same way a captive broker would park assets at Merrill Lynch or UBS), custodians serve hundreds or thousands of these registered investment advisors and make big investments in technology and service on their clients' behalf.

This section features a series of articles under the “Asset Custody Project” label that cover these companies in a way that keeps advisors abreast of their progress – both with journalistic commentary and a common set of data so that advisors can easily compare them. The articles look at the strengths, weaknesses and niche capabilities of these companies.

— Brooke Southall

Here are links to the profiles of custodians:

  • US Bank
  • Raymond James
  • State Street
  • Ceros Financial
  • Fidelity
  • Pershing
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Scottrade
  • Schwab
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Trade-PMR
  • Trust Company of America
  • BNY Mellon
  • Folio Institutional
  • Shareholders Service Group
  • National Advisors Trust
  • Equity Advisor Solutions
  • If you want a more chronological look at news about the custodians, just scroll down.

    TD Ameritrade launches a 'Goldilocks' 401(k) approach aimed at competing with big wolves -- like Fidelity and Schwab


    RBC's most visible RIA leader, Craig Gordon, departs


    How Schwab is calling out wirehouses with its 'accountability' blitz and what collateral effects could hit RIAs


    LPL Financial gets beyond the halfway-house model to compete with Schwab, Fidelity for advisors that are wholly RIAs


    BNY Mellon is arming Pershing's RIA unit to the teeth with banking products for ultra high net worth clients


    Fidelity Investments soon to jack up commissions on DFA and Vanguard Group mutual fund trades




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