I recently had the pleasure of attending the 10th annual TD Ameritrade Tech LINC, formerly known as the TD Ameritrade Institutional Technology Summit. TD Ameritrade was the first major RIA custodian to actively pursue an aggressive, open strategy with third-party technology vendors. While that may not sound particularly unique today, ten years ago the idea was truly revolutionary.
“Looking back, we celebrate ten years of open architecture and a collaborative community unmatched elsewhere in the RIA business. For ten years we’ve opened our doors to members of our VEO Open Access community to network, collaborate and innovate, to shape the future of RIA technology.” said Joseph Giannone, Senior Strategist, TD Ameritrade Institutional in a prepared statement.
The summit got its start when a number of RIAs indicated to TD Ameritrade that their businesses would benefit from integrated technologies. Advisors also wanted maximum choice and the flexibility to work with their preferred vendors.
Veo Open Access was born out of that first Tech Summit, when TD Ameritrade first told a group of eight leading technology firms that they would build an API and open their platform. Since then, the summit has grown substantially. This year, 56 representatives from 28 technology firms participated at Tech LINC.
Over the years, the Tech LINC group has met to collectively identify and solve top advisor technology challenges. Past developments have included client-level reporting and household level reporting as well as the VEO Advanced Alerts system, which communicates updates made in one application to all the other integrated tools.
Another milestone was reached in 2015 when TD Ameritrade first introduced the Veo One concept – deeper integrations that enabled advisors to operate all of their integrated technology from one central dashboard using one single sign-on. Over the past two years, TD Ameritrade has improved existing APIs and created new ones to facilitate a more streamlined, digital account-opening process.
Today, Veo One is now integrated with 35 of the industry’s top third-party vendor applications most widely used by advisors, while Veo Open Access supports 175 integrated vendor applications.
TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE
During this year’s event, TD Ameritrade, in collaboration with the attending third-party firms, discussed the technology roadmap for the future. Here are some of the things TD Ameritrade Institutional plans to deliver to RIAs in the future:
Tech LINC and its predecessor have played an essential role in TD Ameritrade’s ability to innovate and collaborate over the last decade. Based upon the roadmap going forward, it appears that there is more innovation to come in the future.