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The Myth Of Independent Advice
by Tony Vidler The search for “independent” advice is rather like the Quest for the Holy Grail. It doesn’t exist. The search is fruitless and doomed because there is no Holy Grail. Independent advice simply does not exist. The argument for those wanting to say they are independent (or being allowed to by regulators) […]
by Tony Vidler Which financial adviser is going to be right: the one who charges a fee; the one who is “free”; or; the one charging a commission? Or is it the one who does all of these? Well I suggest that it depends on what you are hoping for and what you […]
by Tony Vidler Traditionally the financial services sector has been almost entirely remunerated via commission, and many advisers are now grappling with the basic question of “how” to make the transition – even if only in their minds – from working solely on commissions to charging clients directly for advice and/or service. Consumers perceived […]
Appealing to an Influencers Self Interest (but for good!)
by Tony Vidler An effective method of generating interest with influencers in referring some of their clients to you is appealing to their self interest. It sounds terribly crass when it is said out aloud like that of course, but let’s cut to the chase. Every professional out there makes a living from […]
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 […]
Some Social Security stats:
4/10 elderly Americans would have income below the poverty line w/o SS
Half of senior citizens get at least 50% of their retirement income from SS
1 in 4 seniors receives 90% of their retirement income from SS