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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it.   That shouldn’t […]
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Client Focus or Compliance Focus?
by Tony Vidler        I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too.   All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though.   Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise?   I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
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Big Ticks: Best Stories For Professionals This Week
by Tony Vidler         Information, ideas, tips…the articles for professional advisers which I spotted this week that generate fresh thinking or a deeper understanding of issues are provided here as a quick readers digest for professionals who are looking ahead.   These are the highlights from the week that you should stop and read, as they […]
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How to introduce a “Guarantee” into your fees
by Tony Vidler        It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do.   Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive to many prospective clients, and that becomes even scarier when […]
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Innovation in Advice: Why does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler        “Innovation” and “delivering advice” do not usually go together do they? The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology.  There is safety hiding in the herd, right?   The type of advice delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to […]
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Soft Dollars are terminally ill….thankfully
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC I’m calling it: Soft dollars for financial advisers as we know them today is officially “terminally ill”.  Their death is not quite guaranteed, but the odds are very high that they shall die soon’ish…  But I personally think they will die far faster than most expect.  And thank God […]
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Why torture your clients?
by Tony Vidler Compliance has a lot to answer for. One of the truly negative consequences of evolving best practice advice standards is the trend to torture clients. Now torture is a rather harsh word, and I am sure that globally there is no particular agenda on the part of regulators or professional advisers or […]
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Professional responsibility and the court of public opinion
by Tony Vidler As the financial advice industry positively plods its way towards full professionalism one of the many issues it wrestles with is interpreting, or perhaps defining, what professionalism means. Rather than incessantly debating the meaning of the word “professional” itself we should look to other industries and learn from them about how professionalism […]
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Choose one: Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler When describing the ideal communication to clients we often refer to the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us.  A consistent, idealistic, principle continues to be promoted which says client communication must be clear, concise and effective.  Nothing very new in that really – we’ve all heard that before. […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
by Tony Vidler One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size. It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve. In an increasingly risky […]
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