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Fees For Advice: How to get paid every step of the way
by Tony Vidler        If advice is valuable then it should be paid for.  Getting paid fees for advice alone seems to be an issue as Financial Advisers often do not get paid what they should for the difference their advice makes…and more often than not it is the advisers’ fault.   I have been […]
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Get clients saving more with the 10/30/60 Rule
by Tony Vidler        One of the biggest issues for advisers is to get clients saving more.  Getting them to do now what will be good for later means deferring instant gratification and the constant  “we wants”, even in countries where compulsory or incentivised retirement savings schemes exist.   A fascinating piece of work for any […]
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A Great Adviser is, or should be, a Thought Leader
by Tony Vidler         “Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success.”    The second sentence in the above quote seems particularly pertinent […]
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the sale you have to make
The first sale you have to make…
by Tony Vidler There is a sale that advisers have to make, before they make a sale.  The first sale that has to be made is YOU.   Advisers often tell me they are struggling to get potential clients to engage.  The increasing compliance and documentation of advice, and the need to establish professional credentials […]
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The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler        The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]
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In Process there is Profit!
by Tony Vidler        That word “process” is just deadly for so many advisers today that too many won’t have bothered reading this far…but process creates profit. But Process IS Profit.   “Process” has become associated simply with compliance in delivering financial advice, but process is way more than that.   Processes become the IP […]
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Generalist V Specialist: Is it harder to be a sprinter or a decathlete?
by Tony Vidler        Generalist or specialist?  This is an ongoing dilemma for many financial advisers and there is a widely held belief that becoming the specialist is harder to do.   But is it really?   Let’s look outside the world of professional services and into the highly competitive, no-room-for-mistakes, world of the Olympic athlete […]
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That Tech Competitor Threat Is Really An Opportunity For Some Advisers
by Tony Vidler        The robo-advice “threat” is an opportunity for entrepreneurial advisers…as is every other direct-to-consumer offering driven by fintechs. The more I think about it the more certain I am that some advisory firms will prosper from it…but I am just as sure that many will “fail” due to the competition.  By “fail” […]
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Who Does That Adviser Work For?
by Tony Vidler        Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission?  Or is it the one who does all of these?     Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
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Pro Bono Pays In The Long Run
by Tony Vidler        Pro bono is a novel concept for many in an evolving profession – working for free for the public good.  But pro bono pays in the long run in a number of ways for a professional.  It may sound counter-intuitive but giving away your knowledge, skill and time for free is a […]
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