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Pro Bono work: is there a different professional standard?
by Tony Vidler        An odd question perhaps…however I have been questioned on whether pro bono work carries some lesser responsibility on the part of an adviser.  My answer: Why would pro bono clients deserve any lesser standards of ethical behaviour, professional competency or application of skill?   Furthermore; why would any adviser risk compromising […]
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The missing ingredient in professional development: SKILLS
by Tony Vidler        We are awash with recommendations on how to “improve the advice business”.  Regulators, politicians, consumer groups, product manufacturers…competing business models that look to bypass advice entirely….all of them are making a lot of noise about how advice delivery can be improved.   Much of what they say has merit of course, […]
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Simplicity REQUIRES Sophistication
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 […]
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How To Get Paid For Every Advice Step
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 […]
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What your clients are REALLY worth to you
by Tony Vidler        How much do you really think a good client is worth to you?   Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you expect […]
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Your FREE service is a barrier to getting the right business
by Tony Vidler        Most professionals at some point offer complimentary initial meetings or consultations with clients as a “free service”. It simply isn’t true, and that in itself prevents the right sort of clients coming your way. The fundamental reason why this just doesn’t cut it with consumers is because they don’t believe it.  […]
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The Art Of Giving Suitable Advice
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 […]
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Describe Your Services In Practical Terms To Get More Buy-In
by Tony Vidler        Advice should, almost by definition, be “practical”.  It should be a clear course of action that a client can use to achieve a specific outcome.  Why don’t we describe our advice services that way then?   Consumers often struggle to understand what we can achieve for them (or help them achieve), […]
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Most Advisers Are Frogs Being Boiled Alive When It Comes To Fees
by Tony Vidler        Most financial advisers acknowledge that things are likely to change when it comes to fees, initial commissions, renewals or AUM fees and so forth in coming years.   Yet they behave like the frog being boiled.  The boiling frog story is a common metaphor used to describe the inability or unwillingness of […]
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Bad news for Robo-Advisers; Good news for Humans
by Tony Vidler          There’s 2 key problems for the robo-advisers: they generally don’t advise, and nor have they evolved enough to substitute for human-to-human communication.   Artificial Intelligence may well change all that, but for now it is bad news for robo-advisers as the human consumers still overwhelmingly prefer to communicate with humans in […]
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