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The challenge of the DIY consumers for Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler Some telling research was done by Dr Claire Matthews of Massey University that highlighted the DIY (Do It Yourself) consumers mindset, and the challenges which that poses for financial advisers. The research was specifically on “KiwiSaver and Retirement Savings”, and explored some of the issues and attitudes of Kiwi’s. While the research […]
by Tony Vidler Putting a value upon financial advice is a tough issue for advisers and consumers alike. There is a pretty basic concept as far as “Value” goes for any consumer purchase though which is not a bad starting point, and it can be put into a formula: “Value = Benefits – Cost“ It […]
The cost of convenience in insurance: Underwrite at proposal time, or claim time?
by Tony Vidler Convenience in insurance can come at a steep cost: When does your client want to have the drama with their insurance company? At underwriting time, or at claim time? The cover is going to get underwritten at some point, it really is just a matter of when. This is a confusing facet […]
by Tony Vidler Pro bono is a novel concept for many in an evolving profession – working for free for the public good. But pro bono pays in the long run in a number of ways for a professional. It may sound counter-intuitive but giving away your knowledge, skill and time for free is a […]
by Tony Vidler Advisers: Good advice process is not enough. Being technically competent is not enough. You have to get selling. I know that “Sell” is seen as a bit of a diry word these days, but we cannot back away from it. You have to sell if you are going to be effective at […]
by Tony Vidler Disclosure is back on the regulatory agenda again, and the rules will undoubtedly be changing yet again. There is no doubt in my mind that disclosure of costs, fees and conflicts enhances trust and professional credibility. However, there is also no doubt in mind that disclosure can be taken so far that […]
What you need to know if you’re going to buy to grow
by Tony Vidler As many advice businesses reach maturity it is common to consider whether they should “buy to grow”. Should they buy another practice, or more commonly, should just buy a book of business from another practice. The typical reasons suggested for wanting to grow through acquisition are: 1. Get new […]
A financial advisers best weapon: The Meeting Agenda
by Tony Vidler One of the most powerful weapons in an advisers armory is the Client Meeting Agenda. Yet, so few use them regularly…. The client meeting agenda sets up the entire professional relationship – not just the next hour or so that you happen to be with a client. In addition; […]
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 […]
Give clients the Red Carpet. (But only a small one!)
by Tony Vidler What is more effective: running a client seminar with 100 guests, or running 5 client events of only a dozen or so at a time? Research suggests that the best financial advisers tend to run smaller and more intimate client appreciation events, and do them regularly. The best advisers […]