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The Greed Factors

The Greed Factors

What do the behaviours of Melissa Caddick, Bernie Madoff, and Sam Henderson have in common? Greed. Justice Kenneth Hayne used the same word when tabling the final report of his Royal Commission into the Banking and Financial Services industries in February 2019....

Advice is more about the complexities in our lives than the goals

Advice is more about the complexities in our lives than the goals

Marketers love a good slogan. Goals-based financial advice is a good example. Advisory firms sometimes differentiate themselves on their goals-based advice capability to understand and identify their advice client's aspirations. Some institutional advisory groups...

Advice: What are the Consequences?

Advice: What are the Consequences?

"Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious." ~ George Bernard Shaw Financial advice is less about financial products and more about consequences, particularly significant consequences. Obviously, not all decisions have significant consequences....

The Financial Relationships in our Lives

The Financial Relationships in our Lives

Financial Relationships are the third of four essential balancing acts of a comprehensive financial adviser. Joe was clear what retirement looked like. So was his partner Silvia. The pressing issue to resolve was the universe of differences between their hopes. He...

Time to make an impact

Time to make an impact

The impact of the 2020 coronavirus is immeasurable. What is measurable however is the impact of New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern’s leadership overseeing her country’s response to the virus. Significantly too is the comparative measure of her country’s response compared to...

Beware Charging based upon Hourly Rates

Beware Charging based upon Hourly Rates

Imagine a hole-buyer and a hole-digger met at the local hotel to discuss a much-sought-after hole. After a few drinks, the job is agreed with the digger starting as soon as possible. Next day the digger is on-site unloading the digging gear out the back of the digging...

FASEA – Destination or Stepping Stone?

FASEA – Destination or Stepping Stone?

Read the latest October 2020 Guidelines for FASEA? I initially expected these guidelines might provide the "rail lines" for advisory firms to align their growth. Thanks to an extraordinary 2020, advisory firms are seeking as much probability and clarity as possible to...

Compliance or Priorities?

Compliance or Priorities?

I love Monty Python humour. Remember the crucifixion or freedom skit from "Life of Brian"?  Michael Palin playing the whimsical centurion questioning a line-up of captives regarding their fate or freedom. Many financial advisers seem to have become captives. Captives...

The value is in the details – theirs, not yours.

The value is in the details – theirs, not yours.

I love flying. Always have. Long flights, short trips, big planes, tiny ones, hang-gliders, choppers. When I was a kid, Dad would sometimes drive out to a small park on the Cooks River which bordered Mascot airport to watch the arrivals and departures. From there you...

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