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What is YOUR Risk Tolerance as an Adviser?
by Tony Vidler        It seems to me that it is worth advisers asking themselves what their risk tolerance is as business owners given all the market and regulatory changes that have occurred in a reasonably short period of time.  When contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform or fundamental industry […]
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Client Focus or Compliance Focus?
by Tony Vidler        I support a compliance focus 100% ….but I support a client focus 100% too.   All too often it is impossible to achieve 100% for both simultaneously though.   Where does a professional compromise? Or does one not compromise?   I think this picture captures the challenge of delivering compliant “best […]
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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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Professionals Have, And Use, Processes
by Tony Vidler        True professionals don’t just HAVE processes, they have processes they use everywhere in their work. All the time. Professionals are in fact process-driven.   We need to learn from those professions where the outcome of a poor day on the job is literally life or death.  That isn’t generally the case […]
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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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It Is Okay To Be Profitable
by Tony Vidler        The first rule of business is “be profitable”, and that is a concept which appears to cause industry stakeholders some issues when it comes to judging financial advisory firms.   That pisses me off to be honest.   In any number of countries there is debate driven from government, consumer advocates, […]
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The powerful marketing tool that you use every day, but hardly use for actual marketing
by Tony Vidler        The most powerful marketing tool most professionals have is the one they use scores of times daily, but which they usually do not do any actual marketing with.   email.   Love it or loathe it, we all use it.  It is not going away anytime soon, and it is not about […]
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Replacing Insurance: Right? or Always Wrong?
by Tony Vidler         Replacing insurance – or “Churning” as it is often called –  is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate within the industry.  At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer.  At […]
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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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The Myth Of Independent Advice
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) […]
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