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advice-firms
The Next Strategic Evolution For Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler        There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for advice firms when it comes to how they must evolve.  It is called “The evolution of an entrepreneur” and even though it is aimed at those starting out, it captures where the advice industry has come from and where it currently sits […]
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fee-for-advice
Most Advisers Are Frogs Being Boiled Alive When It Comes To Fees
by Tony Vidler        Most financial advisers acknowledge that things are likely to change when it comes to fees, initial commissions, renewals or AUM fees and so forth in coming years.   Yet they behave like the frog being boiled.  The boiling frog story is a common metaphor used to describe the inability or unwillingness of […]
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What is YOUR Risk Tolerance as an Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance.  However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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ideal-balanced-practice
The Ideal Practice: Balancing Your Needs & The Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler        Heresy: The Professionals’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants. It shouldn’t be heresy to say this aloud of course…. But; the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it?  After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]
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business-disruption
Where will the greatest disruption to your practice come from?
by Tony Vidler        Disruption has long been a feature of financial services distribution.  Generally disruption occurs with new market entrants, product innovation, shifting strategic focus on the part of suppliers in relation to control or autonomy of distributors….but disruption has typically come from within the industry itself.   Many years ago I read a piece of […]
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client-management
What do you have to change to keep clients?
by Tony Vidler        Advisers know that changes to our business are coming thick and fast, and advisers know that clients are changing in their expectations of service, solutions and experiences.  So what do we have to change in order to keep our clients   Probably everything that we have taken for granted for years has to […]
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financial-services-regulation
The Danger Of A Knee-Jerk Reaction To Regulatory Reform
by Tony Vidler        The hot issue for many advisers right now is what they need to do to adjust for incoming regulatory reform…again…and the focus is almost always upon the short term.  Knee-jerk reactions become the norm as advisers grapple with the burning questions, such as: What process do I have to change?   What […]
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invest-in-you
Why Advisers Need To Invest In Their Businesses, Now
by Tony Vidler        For most of my advisory career there has been a very real opportunity for advisers to operate “lifestyle” businesses.  It has enabled them to largely choose when they will work; who they will work with; and how much they will earn.  It has cost little to run and required virtually no […]
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practice-technology
Using Practice Technology As A Competitive Advantage
by Tony Vidler        In professional services everyone is looking for a competitive edge, and how we implement and use practice technology is an area that often has untapped potential to provide us with business advantages over the competition.   When it comes to deciding HOW you wish to compete strategically there are not that […]
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Creating Happy Clients Is Not Enough
by Tony Vidler        Creating and keeping happy clients IS essential for the success of a professional practice.  There is no question about that.  But is it enough to help a practice grow at a greater than industry average pace?   I don’t believe so.   Being a great practitioner and running an efficient & […]
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