|Traded as||NASDAQ: AMTD
Russell 1000 Component
|Industry||Finance and Insurance|
|Founded||Omaha, Nebraska (1971)|
|Tim Hockey, CEO
Joe Moglia, Chairman
J. Joseph Ricketts, Founder
Steve Boyle, CFO
Tom Bradley, President, Retail
Tom Nally, President, Institutional
|Revenue||US$3.327 billion (FY 2016)|
|US$$1.318 billion (FY 2016)|
|US$$842 million (FY 2016)|
|Total assets||US$$28.818 billion (FY 2016)|
|Total equity||US$$5.051 billion (FY 2016)|
|Owner||Toronto-Dominion Bank (42%)|
Number of employees
TD Ameritrade is a brokerage firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. The letters TD are derived from Toronto-Dominion Bank, the largest shareholder. The company provides services for individuals and institutions that are investing online. The company offers an electronic trading platform for the purchase and sale of financial securities including common stocks, preferred stocks, futures contracts, exchange-traded funds, options, mutual funds, and fixed income investments. It also provides margin lending, and cash management services.
As of September 30, 2016, Ameritrade had 6,950,000 funded customer accounts and client assets of $773.8 billion. In fiscal year 2016, the company executed an average of 462,918 client transactions per day.
In fiscal year 2016, the company derived 41.2% of its revenues from commissions and fees including fees for order flow, 27.8% of its revenues from Toronto-Dominion Bank for investment of idle cash balances, 17.9% of revenues from interest, 11.3% from investment product fees, and 1.8% from other sources.
In September 1996, TransTerra merged with Ameritrade.
In February 2001, Ameritrade acquired TradeCast, which had approximately 60 broker/dealer, hedge fund and money management customers.
In July 2001, Ameritrade acquired National Discount Brokers Corporation, adding $6.3 billion in client assets.
In September 2002, Ameritrade merged with Datek Online Holdings Corporation.
In June 2003, Ameritrade purchased Mydiscountbroker.com.
In 2013, the company opened a new $250 million headquarters in Omaha.
In November 2007, the company reported that hackers gained access to most of its clients' names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers and trading activity. In 2011, after being sued in a class action lawsuit, the company settled by agreeing to compensate customers that were victim to identity theft between $50 and $2,500 each. The settlement was criticized for netting the attorneys almost as much money as the victims.
Auction rate securities scandal
In 2009, TD Ameritrade settled a lawsuit alleging it had marketed auction rate securities as short-term investments. The settlement included a $456 million payment and the buyback of the securities, compensating investors for losses.
Customer losses in reserve money funds
TD Ameritrade recommended to its customers to invest cash holdings in a money market fund that was an affiliate of the Reserve Primary Fund and the fund gained approximately $1 billion in assets as a result of such marketing by TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade received commissions from the fund for steering customers. In September 2008, during the financial crisis of 2007–2008, as a result of its holdings in securities of Lehman Brothers, the fund broke the buck and $1 billion in cash equivalents of TD Ameritrade clients were frozen. TD Ameritrade was accused of having a conflict of interest as a result of commissions that it received, for having poor marketing ethics, and for misrepresenting the safety of the investment. Fredric Tomczyk, President of TD Ameritrade, argued that the contract with the Reserve Fund was a standard contract and that "an investment firm has to make money in some way." TD Ameritrade was named in class action lawsuits by its customers and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation into its marketing practices. In 2008, TD Ameritrade agreed to reimburse its customers for up to a 3% loss in the Reserve Primary Fund, or up to $50 million. In 2011, TD Ameritrade settled the SEC case and agreed to pay 1.2¢ per share of the Reserve Yield Plus Fund that was held by its customers, or $10 million in total. The Reserve Yield Plus made its final distribution in 2016 and investors received 97 to 98 cents on the dollar in addition to compensation from TD Ameritrade.
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- TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 2016 Form 10-K Annual Report
- TD Ameritrade: Our History
- "Timeline: Milestones in TD Ameritrade history". Omaha World-Herald. October 31, 2016.
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- "Investors in fallen money fund Reserve Yield Plus can't access cash". Associated Press. New York Daily News. October 3, 2008.
- "SEC Charges TD Ameritrade for Failing to Supervise Its Representatives Who Sold Shares of the Reserve Yield Plus Fund" (Press release). U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. February 3, 2011.
- "TD Ameritrade investors in Reserve money fund could share settlement". Associated Press. USA Today. February 3, 2011.
- "FEDERAL COURT APPROVES FINAL DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS" (PDF) (Press release). Reserve Funds. April 11, 2016.
- "The Omaha Baseball Stadium Becomes TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha". TD Ameritrade. June 10, 2009.