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Focus On 3 Things To Make Next Year The Best Production Year Ever
by Tony Vidler        There are so many things you COULD plan to work on to improve next year, but what REALLY matters? Maybe having the best production year ever…that would be helpful.   It is easy to get caught up in making lots and lots of plans and goals and arranging to be incredibly […]
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Regulatory Reform: The Danger Of Knee-Jerk Reactions
by Tony Vidler        Regulatory reform is everywhere (in the west at least) in financial services and the biggest distraction for advisers is what they need to do to adjust for it…again…and the focus is almost always entirely upon the short term.  Knee-jerk reactions become the norm as advisers grapple with the burning questions, such as: […]
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5 Points Of Competitive Difference In Choosing Product Suppliers
by Tony Vidler        Often it seems there is little difference between product suppliers in financial services, with one fund manager looking similar to other fund managers, and one life insurer offering essentially the same products as other life insurers…how do you decide which product supplier is right to work more closely with? When it […]
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Focus on what matters most to succeed
by Tony Vidler        Focus.  It is one of the most noticeable differences between those who are successful, and those who are frustrated.  The ability to focus on what matters most is often what separates the two.   It is hardly surprising either given that it is definitely harder to be a successful financial adviser […]
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What your clients are REALLY worth to you
by Tony Vidler        How much do you really think a good client is really worth to you?   Most financial advisers will easily work through the basic formula of the average fee/sale per client multiplied by the number of transactions they have with you each year, and then multiplied by the number of years you […]
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Do you actually have a Strategy?
by Tony Vidler        Nearly every financial services firm says they have a strategy.  Which is remarkable really, as creating a competitive strategy is actually difficult usually. Especially if you don’t know what “strategy” is to begin with.     Many practices have a plan, and that plan is usually full of tactical decisions and thinking.  […]
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Generalist or Specialist, You Can Still Achieve Exceptional Growth
by Tony Vidler        Some advisers opt to head down either the generalist or specialist path simply becuase that is what gives them professional satisfaction – and it is not about achieving particular commercial objectives. They work the way they do because they enjoy it.  Not everyone wants to have a business which achieves exceptional growth […]
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Be like the Private Banker in order to become invaluable
by Tony Vidler          To become invaluable, emulate “the Private Bankers” when it comes to combatting the multiple pressure points of rising consumer expectations, technology-driven and cost-focussed solutions, and the trend for “self management” in all things by clients.   I had the pleasure of spending a little time with Dr Phillip M. Randall a […]
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Balancing Adviser Needs and Clients Wants
by Tony Vidler        The professional Financial Advisers’ needs matter as much as the Clients’ wants.  Consumer groups & regulators will probably disagree of course, but the ideal practice is one which surely achieves this balance isn’t it?  After all, practitioners are trying to earn a living and meet the wants and needs of their own […]
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The Cyborg Practice: Blending Robos With Advice
by Tony Vidler        Future advice practices will be cyborgs; blending robos with advice.  Robotic product and solution delivery together with humans managing relationships and working on strategy will be the single commercial “organism”.   You see, I am convinced that robo-advice models will succeed and prosper. I am also convinced that human advisers will […]
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