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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Old folk don’t take on new technology and new ideas, right? You just can’t teach them. Or is that “us”? Well that theory is getting blown away in a pandemic-like-way… There has been a continuous lament for years about the ageing of the financial advisory business and it is certainly true when […]
by Tony Vidler The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made. In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed. But […]
by Tony Vidler The perennial challenge in selling advice is positioning it as valuable, and we should think about it and describe it the right way: great advice is about coaching. It IS coaching. Giving advice is all about analysing the desired outcomes for clients, weighing up the possibilities, deciding on the optimal […]
Crisis Communications: Sending Virtual Hugs Is Not Silly
by Tony Vidler ok…maybe it isn’t appropriate for professionals to actually send virtual hug memes. But then, maybe it is. It all depends on the relationship you have with the client doesn’t it? For some it might indeed be right….but that isn’t really the point of this article. It is the concept of “sending […]
The wealthy may avoid $163 billion in taxes every year. Here’s how they do it
The wealthiest Americans may be avoiding $163 billion in income taxes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Here’s how