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You can do personal online-only advice
by Tony Vidler There are some great reasons to go digital in your advice process, especially if you live in a city where traffic gridlock, exorbitant parking costs and insane commercial rents drive up your overheads and kill your productivity. For many advisers now of course, there is no choice but to go digital-only. […]
by Tony Vidler The financial adviser is supposed to be an influencer…our role is to influence others to make better decisions than they would otherwise have made. In order to become a more effective adviser the ongoing development of the skills that are required to deliver influential advice should be deliberately developed. But […]
Innovation in delivering Financial Advice: Does it have to be this way?
by Tony Vidler “Innovation” and “delivering financial advice” do not usually go together for the majority in the industry. The way advice is delivered by tens of thousands of professionals tends to gravitate to the same methodology. There is safety hiding in the herd, right? Then the type of advice delivered by tens […]
by Tony Vidler When it comes to compliant advice Advisers really need to grasp that they are playing a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with every client engagement now. There almost certainly will be an instance where a client throws the Rock…. We try to beat it with Paper. Complaints authority or regulator takes to […]
How to create a PROCESS to validate your product recommendations
by Tony Vidler Everyday the situation arises where one adviser recommends Company A as a solution for clients, and another adviser trying to work with the same clients suggests that Company B is better. This always creates confusion for clients of course, but when it comes to deciding between insurance companies or products it […]
by Tony Vidler Compliance has a lot to answer for. One of the truly negative consequences of evolving best practice advice standards is the trend to torture clients. Now torture is a rather harsh word, and I am sure that globally there is no particular agenda on the part of regulators or professional advisers […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler One of the most popular articles I have written was a short piece on the necessity for reducing Statements of Advice in size. It seems the message to reduce the complexity – to stop producing documents for a courtroom rather than a client – hit a collective nerve. In […]
Sanity Check: A Statement Of Advice should be a “statement”
by Tony Vidler When it comes to providing advice in writing to a client there is undoubtedly unnecessary complexity. In fact the proverbial “Statement Of Advice” has become anything but a “statement”. It generally takes the form of a tome… A “tome is a scholarly work…usually large, heavy and laborious in its detail. A […]