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Let’s be honest with our honesty
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 […]
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New Thinking In Professional Development For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        One of the positive changes for financial advisers in this part of the world in the last year was a broadening of what can be considered Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Now, instead of solely focussing upon technical learning, we are entering a regime where advisers have to map out their own […]
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It’s Prime Networking Time!
by Tony Vidler        There are two types of advisers at this time of year: 1.  those who begin finding it tough to close out the game 2.  those who are already started on a new game. Typically in December & January most clients are trying to close out their own business games….get THEIR jobs […]
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Client Complaints: Fight it, or just Fix It?
by Tony Vidler        Client complaints are a fact of life.  It is virtually impossible to run a service business where everyone is happy 100% of the time, as human beings are involved and they are unpredictable creatures with ever-shifting expectations.  The art of good client complaint handling is knowing when to fight and when to […]
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Change Is The New Normal For Financial Advisers
by Tony Vidler        Financial Advice is not going through some changes; constant change is the new normal.  Whatever regulatory stuff you are going through now in your particular jurisdiction will not be an end to it.  It will be ongoing.  More importantly though, regulatory change is not the BIG change which will become the constant […]
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Commission-Based Life & Health Advisers Need To Get Moving
by Tony Vidler        There is clearly a mood afoot for various industry stakeholders to see up-front commissions reduce in size in a number of financial products, particularly in life and health insurance products.   It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy of course, as the more it gets debated the greater the acceptance of the inevitability.  […]
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How to balance client time with practice development
by Tony Vidler        A genuine challenge for advice firms right now is balancing client time as well as do all the work necessary to lift standards and improve business systems.  There are after all only so many hours in a day, but then there are deadlines for when new standards and rules have to be […]
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Is Insurance Churn Really The Issue We Think It is?
by Tony Vidler         Any time an insurance product is replaced by an adviser with an alternative one someone begins howling about “insurance churn” or “twisting of policies” and the immediate inference is that something unethical just occurred.  Sometimes that is true of course, and there are undoubtedly bottom feeders in the industry who survive by […]
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How can you be sure your advice passes the test?
by Tony Vidler        The perpetual worry for financial advisers in the often over-regulated environment is “how can I be sure that my advice will pass the test?”   The concern is understandable given that policymakers typically do not understand the difficulty of applying any sort of objective assessment of suitability to professional opinions – which […]
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What’s The Plan To Thrive Amidst All This Change?
by Tony Vidler        Is there a cunning plan for your practice to thrive amidst the changes coming at the financial advice sector from all directions? What is the plan then? What is the strategy? Those 2 questions might look like the same question, but they are not quite.  The cunning idea, or the strategy, is […]
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