They’re more grating than great.
We asked advisers what the financial expressions and sayings are that really get all up in their grills (sorry – rubbish phrase!).
We expected a few gentle grumbles about “vertical Integration” or “value chains” but – oh my! – I think we ruffled some feathers, disturbed a hornet’s nest, upset an apple cart and opened Pandora’s Box all at the same time.
You lot are particularly annoyed with terminology used for your potential and current clients among the spending public.
“Mass affluent,” spat David Penney to start us off. And “high net worth” came up several times.
But financial planners also apparently dislike the ways in which various financial strategies are described.
If you tell your client about “billions wiped off stock market” within Chris Budd’s earshot, he’s likely to get decidedly salty before those billions have been wiped back on.
But, if you really want to annoy an adviser, just use the wrong terminology for the profession or for their business.
“Life planner,” said Victor Sacks.
“Broker,” added Ricky Chan.
“Independently-owned,” chimed in Scott Gallacher.
And, intriguingly, “proper financial planner” will get Richard Allum properly cheesed off. He explained: “It’s the ‘proper’ lot trying to play one upmanship on other planners. Often goes with ‘evidence-based [insert anything]’ to justify something. And, anything with a trademark after it.”
But we’ll end by giving the floor – in fact the *entire theatre* – to Alistair Cunningham, who answered our question by unloading the following chain of gobbledegook (this is actually true – look here if you’re struggling to believe us):
GAR (yes again – different)
Bond (all different)
Help 2 BISA
We understand he’s offering a beer to anyone who can decode that lot.
We’ll finish by saying that, if there’s any other financial codswallop that is causing you to blow a gasket, please feel free to download your anxiety on the therapist’s couch that is our Twitter – @Advicefront.
And to Alistair, we simply say – we hope you feel better!
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