Securities America has introduced an automated system for new advisors that lets them join the company with a paperless system that captures FINRA CRD data, pre-populates forms and uses electronic signatures and fingerprints.
Securities America’s onboarding system pulls information from the company’s internal databases as well as the Central Registration Depository (CRD) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to pre-populate forms for the advisor to review online and correct or confirm. The CRD is the central licensing and registration system for the U.S. securities industry and its regulators and contains the registration records of more than 6,800 registered broker-dealers.
Rick Pucci, president of Park Ridge Financial in Park Ridge, Ill., was one of the first to use the paperless onboarding system when he joined Securities America.
“Much of the data had been pre-populated and a highlighter quickly directed me to the fields that needed my attention,” Pucci said in a statement. “With the secure website and embedded electronic signature feature, I could access, sign and return applications, agreements, personal history statements and offer letters within minutes. It was incredibly efficient and saved me and my staff a lot of time.”