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The 4 Step Ethics Test for Financial Professionals
by Tony Vidler I once attended a Rotary function as a guest and ‘discovered’ the best ethical test I’ve ever heard. When I say ‘discovered’, I personally didn’t discover anything at all…but I was introduced to The Rotary Philosophy which was a discovery for me. It is hardly new, having been written in 1932, however […]
by Tony Vidler Which is the more effective style for a financial adviser to adopt: 1. The Expert OR 2. The Counselor It is a question many struggle with, and the ideal position is actually: “be either depending on what is required” This choice is not really […]
A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; […]
by Tony Vidler Many advisers have difficulty explaining their fee basis, and the client advice process, in a clear and logical way. It becomes a barrier to engaging clients, and undermines our professional image, when we fumble and stumble on a fairly straightforward part of being in business. As with most things […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Here’s a simple strategy for getting paid fairly for the advice you give….and I mean getting paid for ALL the advice you give…every step of the way. There are broadly three possible parts to any client work: 1. Planning 2. Implementing, or “putting in place” any planning recommendations 3. Ongoing […]
Written Advice: Should it be Clear? or Concise? Or Effective?
by Tony Vidler When it comes to communicating our advice to clients we are guided by the words used by the regulators, or law, to guide us in how that should be framed or delivered. Or we think we do. The written advice, be it financial plans or Statements Of Advice being […]
by Tony Vidler The most challenging area of financial advice which is subject to perpetual testing is the question of “suitability”. WHY was a particular piece of advice appropriate for a particular client? What factors were considered, or even discarded, that led to a particular recommendation as being the right advice? It is an […]
Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity. In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”. It generally takes the form of a tome… A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]
Meeting Client Expectations Is In The Clients Interests Too, isn’t it?
by Tony Vidler What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations are will continue to widen. […]