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Client Contact Frequency: How much is enough?
by Tony Vidler        The question of whether client contact frequency makes a discernible difference to the strength of the adviser-client relationship, or enhances the perceived value of the adviser to the client, is one which is still debated continuously.   How often is often enough is the burning question.   Some research done on […]
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Unbundling Planning To Get More Client Engagement
by Tony Vidler        Unbundling planning creates higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging in full financial planning, and can lead to higher revenue per client as well.  More clients engaging in more comprehensive advice and creating higher lifetime value per client.  That has to be worth thinking about doesn’t it?   When we try […]
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When – and how – To Discount Your Fees
by Tony Vidler        As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter.   Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
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Investing Time In Your People Gives Great Returns
by Tony Vidler        Professional advisers have never been under more time pressure than they are today, and of all the things they could be investing time in the one which is easiest to defer is investing time in people.   Everything is else is more pressing and demanding than a practice leaders own people […]
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How to introduce a “Guarantee” into your fees
by Tony Vidler        It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do, even though “guarantee” is a dangerous word for financial advisers.   Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive […]
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Robo-Advice is here, and it is helping Advisers be better at giving advice!
by Tony Vidler         Apparently a fair proportion of advisers still do not believe that robo-advice will have a serious impact upon their business.  It will of course, and in many respects it is helping advisers to be better at what they do…giving advice.   The term “robo-advice” creates an image immediately of a machine replacing […]
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Your Constant Output Problem Is Usually Really An Input Problem
by Tony Vidler        We like constant output…constant revenue coming in the door is the output we seek right?  Too often financial advice businesses struggle to achieve constant output though…it gets a bit “peak and trough”.   Well…when we have a repeated problem – like inconsistent results – we need a process.   Why?   […]
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Who is paying who for financial advice?
by Tony Vidler        Who is paying who for financial advice will become the biggest question in consumers minds as the industry stakeholders continually and very publicly debate fees, commissions  and conflicts of interest in financial services.   For many advisers yet to experience it, full transparency on costs and fees is good for business. […]
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Properly Valuing Financial Advice
by Tony Vidler        When it comes to valuing your advice to clients what is a “fair” rate or price?  $100 per hour seems pretty cheap for any professional – plumbers cost more than that, right? But what about $1,000 per hour? That’s not actually a bad rate if someone can create $5,000 of value […]
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Beware of…well…just beware when giving advice!
by Tony Vidler        Times have never been more dangerous for giving advice..and it is a time for financial advisers themselves to beware of consumers.  Well, perhaps not consumers per se, but certainly all the interested parties who say they represent consumers interests.  It is not just the increasing oversight from regulators and professional scrutiny from […]
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