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How do you know your financial advice is suitable?
by Tony Vidler        Knowing that your financial advice is suitable for a client is something that every professional adviser is willing to attest to, but proving it when challenged can be incredibly dificult. Advisers are increasingly being challenged and therefore seeking assurance that their practices are robust and will withstand such scrutiny.  Whether that scrutiny […]
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Advisers Have To Be Effective AND Efficient Now
by Tony Vidler        Which is more important when running an advice business: being effective, or being efficient? You chose Effective? Wrong. You chose Efficient?  Wrong. The correct answer is that you have to balance both.   In days gone by plenty of people in financial services could build a business just be being effective, regardless […]
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5 Things You Need To Do Before Buying A Practice
by Tony Vidler        Buying a practice or buying another advisers book of business is, or will be, a really hot topic given the dramatic regulatory changes happening and the proportion of existing financial advisers who just don’t want to go through a few more years of change.   For manyt advisers buying another practice or […]
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Building Your Reputation: Talk About The Elephants In The Room
by Tony Vidler        When Accountants struggle to create a universally good reputation for their industry then we are going to have a real battle doing so.  If they only get rated as “High” or “Very High” in professional ethics and honesty by half the population then what chance that an Insurance Broker will rank […]
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Making the move into charging fees for advice
by Tony Vidler        The easiest way for advisers who are worried about trying to charge fees for their expertise or time is to sell a service which is not product related at all.  This seems daunting to the many financial advisers who have “grown up” in an environment where they were paid by commissions […]
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Imagine if we were REALLY 100% honest with clients
by Tony Vidler        Total honesty with clients is a wonderful idea….but 100% honesty in all things with clients would kill us commercially.  And frankly the consumers, regulators and politicians wouldn’t like it much….despite how much they ask for 100% honesty in all things.   Don’t get me wrong: I believe in full transparency and […]
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Could Advisers Be DRIVING Revenue To Online Providers?
by Tony Vidler        I do keep wondering if advisers realise how much revenue is waiting to be unlocked by them inside their existing business?   A little while ago I was talking with a business that provides outsourced client servicing solutions and they provided me with some of their data from working with financial […]
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THE Business Opportunity for Professional Advisers
by Tony Vidler        The typical small business is only doing one of two things: growing, or going…. …and THERE is a fabulous opportunity for today’s professional adviser.   Regardless of which research you read there is a constant theme: Small Business Owners have some real issues, and clearly a significant proportion of SME owners […]
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How to create a MORE effective client report
by Tony Vidler        The typical financial planning report or statement of advice produced for clients is ineffective.   Being effective means getting the key points across as quickly and as simply as possible, so that the reader understands them, and is then able to make decisions relatively quickly and easily.  It will engage, motivate and […]
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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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