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Replacing Insurance: Right? or Always Wrong?
by Tony Vidler Replacing insurance – or “Churning” as it is often called – is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate within the industry. At one extreme there are advisers whose entire business seems to exist by churning anything and everything that they can get their hands on…regardless of consequences to the consumer. At […]
The Financial Advice Profession: Are we there yet?
by Tony Vidler The incessant debate about whether financial advice can be called a profession or whether it is an “industry” keeps rolling along and mostly the debate is within the industry. Those who are not financial advisers don’t debate it because the answer is fairly clear to them I am guessing….after all; if it […]
by Tony Vidler How can an adviser be confident their advice is good before trouble starts? In other words, how do you audit yourself? There are 5 key things that the adviser must do – and be able to evidence afterwards – to show that they have worked for the benefit of the client, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Meeting Client Expectations Is In The Clients Interests Too, isn’t it?
by Tony Vidler What constitutes “Best Practice” advice process is a constant work in progress, but it does not develop as rapidly as either technology or client expectations. In fact, there is a distinct probability that the gap between what professionals call best practice advice and what clients expectations are will continue to widen. […]
by Tony Vidler Asking financial advisers what THEIR risk tolerance is seems odd to many at first glance. However, when contemplating what changes should be made in response to more regulatory reform this is the NEXT question which should be addressed after answering the “what do the new rules say I have to do?” question. […]
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