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The Strategic Evolution Of Advice Firms
by Tony Vidler The evolution of advice firms into different service and revenue models is happening already of course, but the majority of financial advisory firms appear to still be trying to figure out what the next evolutionary step might be. There’s a classic cartoon that shows the way forward for those advice firms when […]
by Tony Vidler Unbundling planning creates higher numbers of prospects and clients engaging in full financial planning, and can lead to higher revenue per client as well. More clients engaging in more comprehensive advice and creating higher lifetime value per client. That has to be worth thinking about doesn’t it? When we try […]
by Tony Vidler As a general rule I don’t recommend that a professional discount fees as it tends to undermine their entire value proposition whilst also creating a mindset for the client that the adviser is a price-taker rather than the price-setter. Discounting fees usually moves a professional from being an expert with […]
by Tony Vidler “Free” advice is never actually “free”, is it? None of us are silly – including the people we are talking to as prospective clients. Everyone knows advice isn’t free…it is at someone’s expense, and someone is hoping to get a payday from delivering the “free stuff” at some point. Someone […]
by Tony Vidler Amongst all the debate about adviser remuneration there is little being said about value-based pricing and yet it is a concept which is most likely to match the clients perception of value with the professional’s desire to avoid conflicted models or time-based billing. It is simply setting a price based upon […]
Scope Creep: The Number 1 Problem In Fixed Fee Advice
by Tony Vidler “Scope Creep” is the killer for the Holy Grail of professional services business models: fixed fee advice. That ideal model which so many aspire to is having clients who agree to ongoing fixed fees, and the practice income just rolls in month after month. Fixed fee advice being delivered on […]
by Tony Vidler It has been proven repeatedly that providing a guarantee in your fees for prospective clients certainly helps them decide to engage – and it is not a difficult thing to do, even though “guarantee” is a dangerous word for financial advisers. Financial advice fees can seem to be enormously expensive […]
by Tony Vidler Who is paying who for financial advice will become the biggest question in consumers minds as the industry stakeholders continually and very publicly debate fees, commissions and conflicts of interest in financial services. For many advisers yet to experience it, full transparency on costs and fees is good for business. […]
Cost is not just Price: Put Adviser fees into perspective
by Tony Vidler Adviser fees are a cost for sure, and often a stumbling block for many professionals with their clients is this “cost discussion”. It is a stumbling block because more often than not the entire conversation revolves around just one of the cost components rather than the actual fee rate and the value […]
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 […]
Equity valuations can be broken down into:
- What's real (book value)
- What's likely (discounted earnings, next 3 years)
- Hopes & Dreams (everything else)
Way to go before Hopes & Dreams turn into Despair & Nightmares.
Great chart by Arbor Research. pic.twitter.com/lSfcXhZ0KK