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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 […]
by Tony Vidler The search for “independent” advice is rather like the Quest for the Holy Grail. It doesn’t exist. The search is fruitless and doomed because there is no Holy Grail. Independent advice simply does not exist. The argument for those wanting to say they are independent (or being allowed to by regulators) […]
Are you making the most of your email marketing opportunities?
by Tony Vidler Possibly THE most important marketing tool any adviser has is email. It is the critical link between marketing and sales….the thing that connects the leads, or opportunities created by your marketing efforts, into engaged prospects and ultimately clients as it is the primary means of moving to personalised advice or engagement. […]
The Annual Review Meeting: 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 (if not advisers themselves), and getting clients to engage in it can be a real challenge. It doesn’t have to be that way of course. With a little imagination it can […]
by Tony Vidler One of the thorny issues for financial advisers is finding the right CRM system. What makes it difficult is the struggle to define what is “right”. As with most things in business, one should begin the decision making journey with a clear view of what you are trying to achieve. Begin […]
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 How can an adviser be confident their advice is good before trouble starts? In other words, how do you audit yourself? There are 5 key things that the adviser must do – and be able to evidence afterwards – to show that they have worked for the benefit of the client, […]
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 […]
The cost of convenience in insurance: Underwrite at proposal time, or claim time?
by Tony Vidler Convenience in insurance can come at a steep cost: When does your client want to have the drama with their insurance company? At underwriting time, or at claim time? The cover is going to get underwritten at some point, it really is just a matter of when. This is a confusing facet […]
by Tony Vidler There are some great reasons to go digital in your advice process, especially if you live in a city where traffic gridlock, exorbitant parking costs and insane commercial rents drive up your overheads and kill your productivity. For many advisers now of course, there is no choice but to go digital-only. […]