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For Client Presentations Going Low-Tech Works
by Tony Vidler        As client presentations become more compliance-focused, lengthy, and technical in nature there is an corresponding increase in client dissatisfaction with financial advice.  Coincidence?  I think not. There has been a trend for years for financial advice, particularly comprehensive financial plans, when presented to clients to be “too clever” with clients not necessarily understanding […]
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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 […]
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How To Get Buy-In From Clients To Full Advice
by Tony Vidler        Clients often want advisers to deal with just one element of financial planning…their current “burning issue” that triggered the need for advice to begin with.  Getting them to engage in full advice can be tough and they need to understand what you CAN do for them, and where your knowledge and skills […]
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Work out where the real money is in your book of business
by Tony Vidler        Let’s talk about one of those elephant in the room things: not all clients are equal for a professional service firm. As human beings they might all be equal, but as clients they are not.   Each client relationship has a commercial value….and a commercial cost.  Each therefore has varying profitability, […]
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Could Advisers Be DRIVING Revenue To Online Providers?
by Tony Vidler        I do keep wondering if advisers realise how much revenue is waiting to be unlocked by them inside their existing business?   A little while ago I was talking with a business that provides outsourced client servicing solutions and they provided me with some of their data from working with financial […]
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10 Mistakes That Advice Businesses Keep Making
by Tony Vidler        So many advisory firms do not realise their potential, and the top mistakes which hold them back are more often than not nothing to with their ability to be great advisers. They tend to fall into the category of being basic commercial mistakes.   So the main mistakes that advice businesses […]
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The Strategic Approach To Practice Development
by Tony Vidler        For any professional services business to realise it’s full potential the owner must take a strategic approach to the development of the practice.  In doing so there are 3 general areas of the firm which drive growth and value of the business, and each of those has some sub-sections.   The […]
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A Good Financial Adviser MUST Consider Risk Management
by Tony Vidler         Financial planners and professional advisers who do not tackle risk management issues thoroughly for clients do the clients a disservice.   Perhaps that is a little challenging to some of todays professionals, however too many advisers seem to struggle with positioning risk management in their suite of services to clients.  It seems […]
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Churning of business: Right? or Always Wrong?
By Tony Vidler, CFP CLU ChFC Churning is a topic guaranteed to generated heated debate.  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 other extreme are advisers who refuse to replace any […]
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How To Address Underperformance In Your Business
by Tony Vidler        It all begins with a simple question doesn’t it?   Are they getting the results?   But what follows is the difference between good management and poor management of one of your key resources…your people.   If you are running a growing business it is inevitable that you will have staff. […]
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