LPL Financial Holdings Inc. is a broker-dealer, a custodian for registered investment advisors (RIAs) and an independent consultant to retirement plans. The Company provides a platform of brokerage and investment advisory services to independent financial advisors (its advisors), including financial advisors at approximately 700 financial institutions across the country. Through its advisors, the Company is a distributor of financial products and services in the United States. The Company provides its technology and service to advisors through a technology platform that is server-based and Web-accessible. The Company's platform provides access to approximately 790 product providers that offer the various product lines, such as insurance-based products, alternative investments, structured products, mutual funds, separately managed accounts, exchange traded products, unit investment trusts, retirement plan products and annuities.