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The Danger Of A Knee-Jerk Reaction To Regulatory Reform
by Tony Vidler        The hot issue for many advisers right now is what they need to do to adjust for incoming regulatory reform…again…and the focus is almost always upon the short term.  Knee-jerk reactions become the norm as advisers grapple with the burning questions, such as: What process do I have to change?   What […]
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How Much You Know Is Not That Important
by Tony Vidler        Today’s professional knows way too much to be used in any given client meeting or engagement.  One of the great skills of the super successful professionals in fact is figuring out what stuff they know which is not useful to any particular client, and then not using it.   That shouldn’t […]
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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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Soft Dollars are terminally ill….thankfully
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC I’m calling it: Soft dollars for financial advisers as we know them today is officially “terminally ill”.  Their death is not quite guaranteed, but the odds are very high that they shall die soon’ish…  But I personally think they will die far faster than most expect.  And thank God […]
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Here’s how to move into "Stealth Mode" when doing your prospecting research on LinkedIN.
by Tony Vidler        It seems that while a lot of professionals now have a presence on LinkedIn they are often not actually using it to prospect for potential new clients.  That seems odd to me given that Linkedin is a Business-2-Business networking platform: it exists to assist people in business network with other people […]
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Commissions, Conflicted Advice…and finding common ground
by Tony Vidler Well..it has happened. Life Insurance sales commission in Australia is regulated to lower levels, albeit with a phase in period. (See: Life Insurance Commission Reform is Happening In Australia)   The arguments have at times been ferocious, and those arguments are being watched closely in other jurisdictions such as New Zealand.  Here one […]
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The Professional Services Firm Model Of The Future Is Possibly A "Fast Food Alley"
by Tony Vidler        Ever noticed how the fast food stores tend to cluster together as some sort of “fast food alley”?   Have you ever wondered why?   There is a “convenience” element for the typical customer of course, however there is a more important reason – which might just be a useful lesson […]
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Learning to work LinkedIN
20 Lessons in the evolution of a LinkedIn user
by Tony Vidler Back in the beginning of my personal social media evolution, about 3 years ago, a friend sent me a LinkedIn connection request…and I had no idea what LinkedIn was, or why I should bother using it. So being a brilliant technology user, I rang him to find out why he had sent […]
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The Financial Adviser Dinosaur: Not yet extinct
by Tony Vidler         Despite all the changes in financial services over recent years the “Financial Adviser Dinosaur” is far from extinct. Bear in mind that pretty much everything I know about dinosaurs has been learned from watching all the Jurassic Park movies – twice, so I am a bit of an authority on them. […]
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