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delivering the right advice
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 […]
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valuing advice
Properly Valuing Your Advice
by Tony Vidler        I am really poor at valuing the advice I give.   Always have been I think.   But then, that isn’t unusual for financial advisers is it?   In my experience most financial advisers are poor at valuing the advice they give.  This is despite a number of excellent studies highlighting […]
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financial planning process for prospects
Show Prospects The Planning Process, And Get CLIENTS
by Tony Vidler        The Challenge: Getting prospects to buy into the financial advice planning process.   The Solution: Show them HOW the process works.   The keywords there are “show” and “how“….and it is because so many advisers do not focus on these 2 words in the earliest stages of engagement that they struggle […]
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importance of frequent contact
The Importance of Frequent Contact
by Tony Vidler        Professionals underestimate the importance of frequent contact with clients and prospective clients. “Frequent contact” does of course mean being in touch often. How often is often enough though?  For a long while the mantra was “be in touch every 90 days”, and that was in a time of expensively printed paper […]
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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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Robo-Advice is real, and it is here, but there is hope for Advisers!
by Tony Vidler Apparently a high proportion of financial advisers still haven’t heard of “robo-advice”, which is pretty amazing.  Of those who have heard of it a fair proportion do not believe that it will have a serious impact upon their business.  That is even more amazing to me, although I can see why so […]
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Your Output Problem Is Usually Really An Input Problem
by Tony Vidler I like processes.  Financial advisers should like them too.   Why?   Processes produce predictable performance.  That is the entire point of them isn’t it?   A process is created in order to ensure that (as far as is possible in our crazy old world) a known outcome will be achieved when […]
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Being There. Maybe that is what Advisers are not doing well.
by Tony Vidler I’ve just been reading through a very interesting piece of research that came out of the last census here in NZ, compiled by Statistics NZ, and it immediately highlighted some problems in our process as advisers that suggest we may be missing the mark with many consumers.   The key statistic that […]
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Financial Advice: You CAN Be Compliant Without Being Dull
by Tony Vidler        The Annual Review process for financial advice clients is often seen as a rather hum-drum thing by the clients themselves, and getting them to engage in it can be a real challenge for advisers.   It doesn’t have to be of course. With a little imagination it can be positioned as […]
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Managing the cost of financial advice conversation
Cost is not just Price: Put Adviser fees into perspective
by Tony Vidler        A stumbling block for many professionals with their clients is the “cost discussion”, and it is a stumbling block because more often than not the entire conversation revolves around just one of the cost components.   All too often the cost of financial advice centres upon just the price…and there is […]
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