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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 […]
by Tony Vidler Professional and selling are apparently 2 words which according to many just don’t go together these days…except they really do. I’ll go further in fact and say that professionals MUST be selling, but, selling must be professional. While there is an absolute requirement to place the clients interests above all […]
by Tony Vidler For all the distractions, downtime and inefficiency that comes with new (or more) financial services regulation it is very easy to see it as an imposition. Many advisers conclude that regulation is simply bureaucracy which in itself creates little to no value. I am no fan of meaningless bureaucracy, but […]
Complicated products have owners manuals, why don’t ours?
by Tony Vidler face it: our products are complicated as far as clients and prospects are concerned. The funny thing is, nearly all of the products we buy are pretty complicated these days. Even though we men folk tend to ignore them to begin with, most of the complicated products come with explanations […]
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, […]
The times are a changin’…Business as usual is a dead end!
by Tony Vidler The difference between any two professional practices filled with well qualified and well meaning people is usually that a different culture exists in each. All businesses develop a “way we do things here” over time…whether they meant to or not. A culture evolves within the business…whether you wanted it […]
The Coach Gets The High Fees, Not The Adviser, So Be A Coach
by Tony Vidler As more financial advisers move into fee-based work the great dilemma is working out what fee level is right for them and their clients. There are a number of easy ways of working out what fee level is profitable, and it is usually easy enough to work out what fee […]
The 4 Step Ethics Test for Financial Professionals
by Tony Vidler I once attended a Rotary function as a guest and ‘discovered’ the best ethical test I’ve ever heard. When I say ‘discovered’, I personally didn’t discover anything at all…but I was introduced to The Rotary Philosophy which was a discovery for me. It is hardly new, having been written in 1932, however […]
by Tony Vidler Which is the more effective style for a financial adviser to adopt: 1. The Expert OR 2. The Counselor It is a question many struggle with, and the ideal position is actually: “be either depending on what is required” This choice is not really […]
How Advisers can remain compliant while using social media
by Tony Vidler The difficulty of using social media but remaining compliant as a financial adviser and not breaching any regulations seems to be a consistent objection to the use of social media by advisers. Various aspects of “compliance” are cited: the provision of best practice advice, privacy constraints, or legal responsibilities to a […]