TD Ameritrade Institutional, a unit of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., announced Thursday it had introduced a Business Evaluator tool to help advisers join or start a registered investment advisory firm.

The Omaha company said the number of financial advisers interested in joining or starting registered investment advisory firms has doubled in the first eight months of this year, to more than 1,500, from a year earlier. Advisers considering moving to TD Ameritrade Institutional advised on nearly $160 billion of assets.

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