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Stop calling product recommendations advice

Stop calling product recommendations advice

Would you regard a product recommendation from a Toyota dealer or Apple store as ‘advice’? Do you think bias makes a recommendation less valuable? Do you think it matters? Consider the ‘advice’ members of Australia’s second-largest Superannuation Fund – QSuper – will...

Congratulations….

Congratulations….

Congratulations to the recently announced Top 100 Financial Advisers for 2020. After exhaustive research and analysis by The Australian and Barrons, this list of talent represent the best in Australia. They deserve their accolades as do all high achievers and leaders...

What Advisers Can Learn from Artists?

What Advisers Can Learn from Artists?

My son is addicted to art. Big time. Turn your back on him and he's sketching something, leaving trails of charcoal fingerprints in unlikely places, getting lost in his own space. Even since he was five, his art has been his bliss (and frustration). Is his work of...

The different advice firms during Covid-19…

The different advice firms during Covid-19…

Covid-19 means different things to different advisory firms. I believe this pandemic has identified at least four different types of firms. So far, at least. First, there are the "plodders". Plodders These are 'steady' firms. They didn't qualify for JobKeeper as...

New Advice Narratives Needed

New Advice Narratives Needed

What's appealing about Elon Musk? His car company defies market logic with valuations of 4x revenue while companies far more established and experienced clamour for valuations at fractions of their revenue (see Prof Galloway). His space exploits are creating global...

The Known Unknowns after COVID19

The Known Unknowns after COVID19

Unlike zoos, most financial advisers believe they will emerge from this Covid-19 experience stronger. The imposed lessons of offering flexible workplaces, the insights of client meetings via video links, the no commuting for clients and team members, while still...

Hierarchy of Uncertainties…

Hierarchy of Uncertainties…

“The reason most people do not recognise an opportunity when they meet it is that it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like hard work” HENRY DODD   Covid19. It won’t miss anyone. It is causing uncertainty for many. Anxiety or frustration for...

Like Never Before…

Like Never Before…

Health care is being re-defined. Massive innovation, collaboration, education, distribution, awareness, exhaustion. And bravery. Bravery continuing to serve the best health interests of patients, co-workers, community, and own family members while risking their own...

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

What Warren Buffet is for investors, Abraham Maslow is for financial advisers. But it’s easy to forget that in these weird times. I certainly didn’t grasp the power of his theory of motivations forty years ago packed up the back of a crowded Carslaw lecture theatre....

Toilet Roll Icon

Toilet Roll Icon

The toilet roll is an appropriate icon for the coronavirus. Like our confidence, we take our toilet rolls for granted. Until there are none left – all grabbed by fear. The same fear that steals our confidence. Add in the terrible elements of our social media habits,...

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