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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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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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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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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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Churning of business: Right? or Always Wrong?
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC Churning is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate.  At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer.  At the other extreme are advisers who refuse to replace any […]
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They won’t use us until they know what we do…
by Tony Vidler “Only 2% of consumers would go to a financial planner to take out life or other personal insurance” “Only 9% of consumers would go to a financial planner for retirement planning” “12% of consumers would seek investment advice from a financial planner” Wow.   What on earth do consumers think financial planners […]
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Targeting The Affluent: 3 Strategic Issues You HAVE To Get To Grips With
by Tony Vidler The nirvana for most professionals is to work only with affluent, and acquiescent, clients.  The challenge in doing so is that the affluent will inevitably become more difficult to get in front of personally. They will become less acquiescent.   As with the famous line from Jurassic Park – “life will find […]
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How to tap into the Principle Of Scarcity – and create some urgency for clients
By Tony Vidler The Principle Of Scarcity One of the more powerful principles of influence is the Principle Of Scarcity: people tend to want what they perceive as being limited, or difficult to get.   That is a difficult principle for professionals to tap into most of the time as the products and services that […]
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