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Should we care about the public interest?
by Tony Vidler Should financial advisers care about the public at large?  The people who are NOT our clients?  Those who don’t pay us anything? Absolutely. When one considers “professionalism”, and the attributes that define a professional, you quickly come to the conclusion that a unique characteristic of the genuine professional is a commitment to […]
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Why Dirty Harry wouldn’t win a Gold Medal
by Tony Vidler.One of the great movie lines spoken by the character Dirty Harry was “a man’s got to know his limitations“.  A line which always seems to apply to financial advisers. But this doesn’t apply to Olympians does it?   I am captivated by the incredible achievements of humans that is demonstrated at the Olympics, […]
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Consider the context!
by Tony Vidler. Watching how the market regulator manages change in a principles-based regime is revealing, and highlights the difficulty in implementing the principles. That is; the very act of raising questions and seeking submissions from industry provides useful information about the most difficult and dangerous areas for advisers. Yesterday the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) […]
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More Bulls**t Jargon on its way?
by Tony Vidler. Heaven help us…the financial services sector is apparently getting new jargon! Because we need it. It can only be a matter of time before the new buzzworders suggest we also need new qualifications to qualify for the new buzzword, possibly with a recommendation for new acronyms to describe the new Jargon. In […]
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When is the best time for honesty?
by Tony Vidler. I have found myself talking to several advisers recently about “disclosure” – not a scintillating topic, and one which I’d prefer to not talk about. There are many things far more interesting in life on which you can spend your time. The disclosure talk has arisen though because it is still apparently […]
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Single would be fantastic!
 by Tony Vidler. I’d best let you down gently right at the beginning – this is not a gleeful little tale of a single persons interesting life. It is about the possibility of one type of “singledom” for an industry, that can result in more people loving it. With all the change and raising of […]
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What's in a name?
by Tony Vidler.…that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare raises an interesting line of thought with that quote:  something is called a particular name only because that is what the majority of humans agreed to call it.  A rose could just as easily have been called a […]
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