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Make your professional designation mean something to clients
by Tony Vidler In a time where so many professionals struggle to identify and articulate their value to consumers I have to wonder why aren’t more professional financial advisers using their designations and qualifications better? Does it mean anything to potential clients? Often it doesn’t. And the reason it doesn’t is because […]
by Tony Vidler True professionals don’t just HAVE processes, they use the processes. All the time. Or should do. We need to learn from those professions where the outcome of a poor day on the job is literally life or death. That isn’t generally the case for most professional services providers, however […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Who is paying who is becoming the biggest question in consumers minds as the public debate around fees and commissions and conflicts of interest increases in financial services. That’s a great thing for professional advisers. It is however a question that many struggle to answer adequately when commission on products […]
How To Deliver The “Right Advice” In The “Right” Way
by Tony Vidler Delivering the right advice consists of getting 2 things right: delivering advice that will work for the client, and delivering it in a manner which will result in the client taking action upon the advice. Getting both of those right is no simple thing. The first of them is […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler It has been impossible to ignore the DoL “fiduciary rule” news out of the States in recent weeks. It has been the dominant story in financial services, and clearly the jury (in the form of market participants) are still divided as to whether it is enough, or insufficient, or perhaps a complete […]
In Process there is Profit! (But you DO have to herd some cats to get there)
by Tony Vidler The great news for anybody actually reading this post is that the headline already turned a bunch of your competitors off. That word “process” is just deadly for so many advisers today that too many won’t have bothered reading beyond the word. It has become associated simply with compliance, […]
Robo-Advice? Bring it on! It will be GREAT For Business…
by Tony Vidler One of the major benefits of the intense interest and investment which has gone into creating Robo-Advice models is that institutions are investing a heck of a lot into researching why and how customers are buying financial products. For years the financial services industry has worked with theories such as “insurance […]