When TD Ameritrade reported more than $16 billion in new retirement assets for the last quarter, and $35 billion for the first half of the fiscal year, the company said strong institutional growth was a key factor.

Total new assets for the first two quarters is more than the Omaha-based firm has posted in the first half of any previous year.

Skip Schweiss, president of TD Ameritrade's Retirement Planning division, wouldn't say how much of that record is owed to growth in 401(k) business—the company doesn't itemize that information—but he did say he and is group have spent a lot of energy over the past five years developing products to support its RIA channel in the effort to better position them in the defined contribution space.

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