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Compliant Advice: Here are the only 3 things that matter
by Tony Vidler Whenever the topic of compliance, or the “advice process”, comes up most advisers see themselves like this: Everyone is throwing everything at you with the sole intention of destroying you, right? As a consequence, compliance is largely considered a burden. As is usually the way of these things a substantial body […]
Financial Advisers Problem? Not doing the One Thing.
by Tony Vidler Advisers have a few problems these days. The biggest financial adviser problem though is getting prospects to engage with us to begin with. Despite a couple of decades of positioning, developing and improving technical knowledge and qualifications, many financial professionals are struggling to get enough clients to engage in holistic planning. We […]
by Tony Vidler Unless you plan to work to the grave all practice owners need to be thinking “succession planning” at some point – preferably as early as possible. Maybe right even from the beginning of your practice. Succession planning is simply about working out how to exit the business at your preferred […]
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 […]
by Tony Vidler Many firms facing increased overheads and infrastructure costs in the next few years are considering acquisition or merger strategies as a survival or growth strategy. Generally there appears to be 5 main reasons that advisers suggest as their reasons for acquisition of another business. They are: 1. Get new […]
by Tony Vidler More clients is good, right? But when you have plenty of clients on the books the question becomes which clients to keep. Or which ones to get rid of. Actually, advisers should be constantly asking these questions regardless of how big their book of clients actually is. They are not questions […]
The 4 Key Levers That Create Great Capital Value For An Advisory Firm
by Tony Vidler Creating great capital value for a professional services firm is usually one of the owners primary objectives as they more often than not see their business value as a critical part of their own financial independence. Building a profitable business is obviously essential, and it is a more valuable profitable […]
by Tony Vidler Building a profitable practice is is the first objective for practitioners, but building a sustainable profitable and valuable practice is even better isn’t it? Many good practitioners achieve the objective of building a profitable practice easily enough. After all, that is little more than keeping the sales and revenue pumping […]
by Tony Vidler Given some of the trends in financial services there must be serious questions about how to accurately value a practice of a financial adviser. The short answer to what is an accurate value of any practice will of course always be “whatever a buyer is willing to pay, and which you […]
Adviser Succession: What do buyers of financial practices look for?
by Tony Vidler The irony of adviser succession discussions is how few of the advisers considering the topic seem to consider how to get a better return on what is often their biggest investment – their practice. Sellers simply do not appear to think too deeply about what buyers will value and pay premium […]