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 Posted: Mon Sep 21st, 2009 10:25 pm
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Ya it looks like I can see your messages. You can send me an email at ray689@hotmail.com.

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Sorry MoneyGuy my fault. Your PM is now active.

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 Posted: Tue Sep 22nd, 2009 02:41 am
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Thanks, Steve, much appreciated.

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World Financial Group is making a difference.
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World Financial Group has NO products of its own they are like a mortgage broker and shop to get the best of the best for what he families needs. We are honored to work with some great businesses (TD Canada Trust, Franklin Templeton, TransAmerica, Equitable Life to name a few).

The mission statement of No Family Left Behind means that EVERY family/person deserves to know that they have options and the education to make the decisions that are right for their family. Education is the key to making the right choices for you, know your options and the fact that you have them !!!

Yes there is the business aspect as well it is up to you to make the decision that is right for you and your family.

Yes some agents are more passionate than others but having this passion comes when you know and want to make a difference in peoples lives.

Every agent that is working with families is required to write 2 exams and be licensed through the Alberta Insurance Council. You are required to renew your license each year by attending classes and courses to receive credits to show you are  active and still educating yourself and keeping up to date with products, regulations and services offered in this fast paced ever changing industry.

 I love going to work each day & the positive and motivated people I get to work with and the families I can educate.


Investment Executive rates Financial & Investment Companies every year.
Check out these links to read more.

Insurance agents hold up remarkably well (includes main chart)
Although the impact of the recession has been somewhat muted at insurance firms, there were still a few bumps in the road for some
High payouts are key to advisor satisfaction (includes chart)
There is a correlation between firms’ ratings and their advisors’ percentage of first-year commissions
Supportive staff leads to back-office success
Advisors were most satisfied with the firms that had knowledgeable staff who provided comprehensive support


Your mind works best when its like a parachute....OPEN !!
Have an awesome day :)

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 Posted: Sat Sep 26th, 2009 05:06 pm
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Pfft. I knew you were with WFG when I read your first sentence.

Many people here will know Primerica better. WFG is Primerica on steroids. As for insurance licensing, those CE requirements are the same as what everyone has to meet. You cite the Investment Executive ratings? Ha, good one. Of course WFG and Primerica rate well. Reps of both firms always give very glowing reports on their companies because their ability to recruit is enhanced. If anyone wants a real review of firms like this, talk to a respectable advisor with a respectable firm for their impressions of either of these companies. It won't be good. I have friends at many different firms and generally have nothing bad to say about these companies, but I have nothing good to say about these MLM flakes. Sorry, you're selling but I'm not buying. Another poster called a WFG person a junior liar; sounds about right to me.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 26th, 2009 09:23 pm
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Okay cowgirl, obviously you're a WFG agent. So I hate to break this to you, but Investment advisor rankings are based on what agent say and when you have thousands of morons recruited and brainwashed, of course they're going to rank high. Do some research for your own good. Look at the old Hubert Humphrey days and the WMA days and the lawsuits and the illegal activity. Ask why you're top agent for the last 5 years from California is now facing legal action. Look that stuff up. Save your self. It is not possible for you to become on of the top people. The average WMA agent and things haven't changed since then, made 20.83 per month. If thats financial freedom then you continue chasing the dream. Read this article:

http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/business/corporate_fraud/news.php?q=1224542089

Here is a little bit of it:


What A.L. Williams did with term insurance and the “buy term and invest the difference” sales concept, Hubert Humphrey would do the same with VULs. With the business format system that he had perfected in his prior company, Mr. Humphrey would take the VUL industry by storm. In a ten-year run from 1991 through 2001, WMA would hire more than 400,000 recruits, sell over $4 billion in total sales, and pay out to their sales associates over $1 billion in commissions. During this period, WMA produced approximately 700 distributors who earned more than $100,000 per year, i.e, those who have made it financially and can quit their 8-to-5 job.

WMA’s success ratio is about 0.18 percent (700 divided by 400,000) or less than a quarter of one percent, and it paid out on average $250 per year per recruit ($1,000,000,000 divided by 400,000 divided by 10 years) or $20.83 per month per recruit. Hardly numbers to sell the dream to new recruits. But was WMA a cash cow for the preferred provider companies.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2010 01:18 pm
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As a small business owner I got it too a few years back when I made the mistake of joining the PGIB (pathetic group for incompetent businesspeople) this one guy in the group representing WFG blew a whole bunch of sunshine up my a$$ about how great it is to be in the garbage business. blah blah blah, then they wanted signup fees for seminars and that sorta thing... I shut him down point blank... Man, do these people have nothing better to do? Like get a 3AM infomercial and offer a free slap chop with your signup fees or something... surely people that reply to infomercials are the kind of losers they wish we all were.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 25th, 2010 04:12 pm
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Well Finance guy, I appreciate the fact that you do your research but just so you know, I am a former WFG agent and I am not a competitor so I am not being biased when I say this, however you are wrong in some of the things you say. The wealthy don't get a tax deduction on their MORTGAGE payment because that is not legal in Canada. You are getting a tax deduction on the money you invest out of your home equity so to say that they show people to deduct their mortgage is a little misrepresenting on their part. And you're right, the wealthy do use leverage and you can get wealthy doing it, however it isn't for everyone as WFG would like you to think. Also they are investing in much more secure and effective products. And just so you know...80-90% of those wealthy people became that way from property and real-estate. Please find me one person who became a millionaire from owning a WFG style product.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 25th, 2010 04:49 pm
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They do push UL on everyone and that doesn't work for all either. The method you speak of about using your home equity isn't anything new and many financial firm will show you how to do that when it is something right for you. And in your case I can tell it is because you seem like a sharp person and have used the methods to invest in something that will make you money. This is not the case for the majority of their clients, especially the ones who may have used their home equity to dump into a large UL which is totally wrong in my opinion and I'm sure many financial advisors would agree.
Its too much of a cookie cutter approach and that is my issue with it. But good luck to you in your property endeavors because I believe if you continue doing what you are doing you will achieve your goals. I currently work for a property investment firm and I have seen it happen to people first hand. If you want to discuss that side of things by all means you can send me a private message.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 8th, 2010 10:23 pm
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I highly doubt this company has anything to worry about http://www.worldfinancialgroup.com/

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 Posted: Mon Feb 8th, 2010 10:25 pm
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Well you sure proved everyone wrong by posting a link to "their" website. How come nobody else thought of that?

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 Posted: Fri Mar 5th, 2010 08:39 pm
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I've been following this topic and I find the debates to be very thoughtful guys,
However, there is of course always two sides to a coin. Writing as an average joe (with a BSc degree) who have just had "first contact" by a WFG representative. I find their idea of business to be somewhat interesting.

Correct me if I am wrong, at a more personal level, the cost of going into this self-employment WFG business is ONLY(emphasized) approximately $500.00 in liquid asset- for application, courses, books, license, police check, and probably a small list of random names and contacts that I have to provide them, correct?

The way I look at it is that, considering a course in University costs around $600.00 in Canada, am I unjustifiably wrong to approach the WFG application/experience as taking a course in University? My line of reasoning is that, at the end, the minimal cost for application yields knowledge in business and personal finance/investment that I've never had before. Plus, I get to go to their weekly trainings for free, right? So in the long run, am I not only paying $500.00, and am benefiting from a whole line of trainings and education?
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Question: several people did mention that there are Hidden Fees (ie. monthly fees- something called C&O fees). Can someone confirm with certainty the validity of this fee? (Any insider knows?)


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 Posted: Fri Mar 5th, 2010 09:29 pm
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Well I can see where you are coming from with your comparison that its cheaper thats a University course, however, you are not dealing with people's lives and finances when taking a University course. And also you are not losing credibility with you friends and family and having them ignore your calls because you are trying to "hire" them into some scheme (which it is) i might add. Just do some research to find out where the top leaders actually make their money. Its not from this great business they run, its from charging all their agents for conventions/trips and so on. Trust me, I was there so I know all the ins and outs and thats why I left.

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 Posted: Fri Mar 5th, 2010 10:43 pm
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wfgsucks, thanks for the response, now I have a much better feel of what's going on.
So basically the whole problem with this company revolves around "unethical and immoral issues" that will likely transform me into an unethical person (more or less) if I wanted to make big bucks in this company right?

But do I possibly have to go that route?
Also, when you were in the company, couldn't I just sell the services (Match-up and personal sales) to achieve and sustain income? Is it mandatory that I kill and slaughter every relationship I know?

And returning to my original question, do you know if there are any hidden fees?

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 Posted: Sat Mar 6th, 2010 01:26 am
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Rolo512, I totally understand where you are coming from . The issue with them is if you just want to be a personal producer then you will be very hard pressed to make a good living. As a licensed associate you are at a 28% contract level (that is 28% of 84% of the commissions paid to the field because wfg takes the first 16% as administration costs). This is the second lowest commission structure in the industry behind primerica (which is the company that all the top reps used to be with before WMA which is now WFG). Now they will say they have the best commission structure but thats based on recruiting to become a marketing director. Thats the top contract and its 67% of that 84% percent i spoke of earlier. If you want to do personal production you can start at many other firms that will pay you 70% of 100% (that is key) to start, meaning you will not need to recruit and ruin any relationships. And to be honest you will learn much more if you pick the right firm. And depending on where you live, I can give you a list of the firms that many ex WFG reps have gone to and done very well.

Now as far as hidden costs, yes there are many. You will have to pay a monthly fee for your email and website use. And also there are many trips and training that you will be attending that you will have to pay for (registration fees, travel and hotels.) They have these quarterly and NEVER train about products rather focus on recruiting. And lastly, the trips that you "win" for being the best, well you actually have to pay for those too.
Remember, all the training they ever do is about recruiting and never about financial services and how to do better for your clients. They will always say "get the list" because you are helping those people. The reason they say get the list is because many reps don't stick around and they want to make sure they have their contacts. Even if you try the business and then realize its not for you, they will still contact your list and try to recruit them saying thats what you wanted before you left because it just wasn't the right time for you or something like that. Everyone I know who has left has become much more successful then they were at WFG. The people still at WFG will tell you that those people are failures and gave up on their families. But I'll be honest with you, I was the top personal producer in my office for 2 years in a row not crack $35,000 per year. I have all the plagues and awards if you would like proof.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 6th, 2010 02:20 am
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Thank you for you always speedy replies wtfsucks. I'll reconsider and do "additional" research before I step forward this time, I am simply seeking for another sword to duel wield with (my BSc degree in psychology being my first blade).

Completely assuming all your suggestions are valid - since i am not completely clear with the contract level percentage system you mentioned - and that I am to work in a legit and ethical manner; it appears that I'll need to work the extra mile to achieve the same success as compared to other firms. All the hidden costs you mentioned seems unreasonable also.

I'll bring up a complete set of questions to my friend during the next scheduled appointments at WFG.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free and enlighten me a bit more ;)
By the ways, I live in Toronto, and company suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 6th, 2010 02:36 am
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It's good to hear that you will make sure to do the right research. Let me just tell you this, I got into the business to educate myself and to help people. At the time WFG made me think thats what I would be doing but I learned over time that I was actually making things more difficult for people because many were joining and believing that they would become wealthy in this industry. The unfortunate reality is that the industry isn't for everyone as they would like people to believe. The high income claims are not true. And also...they do say that you will need an average of 100 AMA's (meaning recruits) to get to the top contract level of MD (marketing director). Many people don't want to recruit those kinds of numbers.
I will try to get a list of other firms for you very soon. And as far as the questions you bring up in the next meeting, please be advised that the answers you receive may have a spin on them or your questions may be brushed off. I actually fly out to Toronto about once a month on business and if you really like I can answer any questions you have regarding both the mutual fund industry, WFG, other firms, or the exempt market products industry which i feel is much more effective for clients. Let me know and I can make time for you. And please don't take that as a way of me trying to recruit you to any other firm. My career now involves me overseeing financial firms who deal with exempt products and I train them. I am in no way a recruiter but i can still help. And i am only offering that because I want to make sure that people don't have to go through what I did for a couple of years and almost ruin my career and credit due to all the expenses i incurred and I know many other with WFG do. Let me know if you want more information, otherwise take care and I wish you all the best in your career.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 9th, 2010 06:54 am
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I'll been reading this thread throughout the whole day. Have considered the opinions of the pro-WFG and Anti-WFG persons, having read a few of the articles posted, I am beginning to think that this company has some good information and can be valuable to people(assuming their financial conditions are right) but is not a company worth working for.

I had been approached by a WFG rep and have seen the presentation, talked to a QMD(was beginning to buy in), and have paid the $125 AMA fee.

What my plan is, so far, is to take the course($265) that teaches the new recruits the methods used by the company to optimize the use of money(the leveraging, debt reduction, saving methods, etc.) for educational purposes.

My question is to "wfgsucks":

Will taking this course provide me with a fairly good education of how all these different types of accounts work(HELOCs, Open investments, etc) and the various ways I can use these accounts to save/invest efficiently? Is it worth taking???

Keep in mind that:
1. I am finishing up my degree in school(am 24 yrs old)
2. Will be entering workplace soon(starting career)
3. Don't really know too much about all these financial services
4. Am under the impression that taking this course will hopefully result in me making good decisions with my money(aka future money, am still poor student)

Am looking forward to your reply and I thank you for your time.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 9th, 2010 01:22 pm
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oilerfan,

Firstly, I am not really writing to answer the questions cause I didn't take the courses. I have several suggestions though.

I am writing simply because I am on the exact same boat academically with you (23 yrs myself graduating this June)- plus I also see similarity in our lack of insurance/financial background. So please don't mind me for my comments.

After speaking with wtfsucks from the last couple of posts and consulting several relatives and friends who worked at primerica, Amway, and several MLM firms in Canada; I can be sure to tell you that the short-run initial cost is minimal, but the long-run investment (money you give them) will be a whole lot.

The one example they keep on giving me during the talk is that "Why only have one bullet in your gun, when you can have two bullets in it as backup? What if your first bullet missed the target, then you're dead meat?"

But let me ask you, what about professionalism? Are we going to put our 4-5 years of university education to a waste? I haven't even finished constructing my first bullet, and I'm making my second one already... so even if I have a machine gun, it'll always be shooting blanks and not killing the target. (hope you understand my illustration. lol)

The point to keep in mind is, the representatives are initially biased, and the presentations are meant to hype you up for their business scheme, their trainings will seem educational and beneficial; however, we're not specialized in insurance/mutual funds.

I totally understand where you're coming from, the training can be used for personal education; however, as soon as they ask you to pay more, step out of it.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 9th, 2010 04:59 pm
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Hello oilerfan,

Sorry for the late response but I just read your post today. When you're asking about the course and whether it will help you in the future, the answer to that is not really. The course is a government course so its mostly theory and never about application. I'm not saying it won't help at all but as far as applying anything yourself that is usually learned on the job in the industry. Which is another reason why I don't think WFG is the place to do that. Their techniques mostly focus on recruiting and only slightly on the financial services aspect of the business. There were agents in the office I was at who had been there much longer than me and did not really know what they were doing when it came to putting together a proper plan for clients. This scared me because these people were dealing with people lives and retirements. And as for the other response to your post, I totally agree. The presentations are hype because they do need to continue the hiring flow in order to keep the business running. Also the initial minimum cost seems reasonable but you are in for a big surprise if you go forward with them. The last year I was there my costs were over 20,000 because of trips/conventions/trainings/hotel/etc. And the funny thing is, all of these were exactly the same (to try to hype people up). They were all exactly the same. And a professional firm would not have Thunderstruck blasting while people who know nothing about the industry are spending their hard earned money to go there (while some are dancing on table while their personal lives are going down the drain). To refer to your analogy....this won't add any bullets to your gun, and in-fact, you might have to sell your gun to pay your bills. I was very close to ruining everything in my life because of the belief in the company. They have a very good way of making people stick it out. (almost a brainwashing). Guys I just want to make sure you are very careful with what you get yourself into. And one last thing, DO NOT give your list to the MD in the office. You will regret if you decide to leave, and even if you stay. The biggest thing they say at those conventions is when you hire someone "GET THE LIST". They spin it as though you are helping them because they don't know what is good for their family. However, its really so there are more names for them to contact because chances are the new recruit will leave.
YOu guys can contact me anytime you want and I can give you further details. Remember, no matter what you are told, this isn't me just being vengeful or anything like that. I have a great career now and make more money than I even need, while helping people just like I wanted to. I just want to make sure people dont make the same mistakes I did and ruin any credibility they have with their network of friends and family. I still have people who will not talk to me and its sad but thats the case.

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Thanks a bunch for your inputs rolo and wfgsucks.

Everything I was being told seemed too good to be true... and of course it ends up being just that. The more I looked into WFG, the more shaky my confidence was becoming in the whole operation.

Again thanks alot for the honest advice. Blantant honestly about this company seemed pretty hard to come by.

Lastly, if one was interested in finding out about all the various vehicles in which you can put your money into and how you can make it work for you, where/how would you go about doing that?

Or is the best thing to do, go to a pro financial planner at a bank or something and go about it that way???

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could someone tell me how I could best handle WFG? A friend of mine came to beg I do the kids RESP with WFG, I innocently started the education savings plan (under heritage plan). Now I want to reduce the monthly contribution and the WFG is writing that I will have to lose the $5,000 I have contributed so far as membership fee. This is a Govt product that is administered free in the Bank. I need advice pls.

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could someone tell me how I could best handle WFG? A friend of mine came to beg I do the kids RESP with WFG, I innocently started the education savings plan (under heritage plan). Now I want to reduce the monthly contribution and the WFG is writing that I will have to lose the $5,000 I have contributed so far as membership fee. This is a Govt product that is administered free in the Bank. I need advice pls.

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Hey oilerfan,

Just got your post about where to go for that advice. If you are in Calgary or Edmonton, I can put you in touch with some industry contacts I have there. These are successful people who are very educated in the industry and will be able to guide you with whatever you would like to learn. If you're interested send me a personal message and I give you some contact information for myself and anyone else who may be able to help out. Oh and just so you know, I'm not saying that to gain a client or anything like that. My job is actually a financial firm representative for the products that my company offers. So my job is to actually train partner firms who offer these products. Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 15th, 2010 12:28 am
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First of all I'm humbled by my WFG experience in that it took me 3 almost 4 years to understand what exactly it was. If you read my past posts...I did everything I was supposed too and believed. Now don't get me wrong.."some" of the products that WFG markets for the product providers are great...however some of the people and the concept of recruiting...not so great.
I resigned from WFG in November ; yes I did spend alot of money to become licensed and attended conferences and training. At the end of the day I still did not feel that the information I had was enough to say I was a Financial Planner and do plans for families. Yes like I said I agree that some of the concepts they promote work..takes discipline ..I am grateful for the education I received on these concepts.  The office fees you have to pay ..the fees for this & the fees for that...well in 3 years I can tell you I earned nothing. And yes to those of you that support WFG it did take me 2 years to get licensed as I was working full time & it took me 4 attempts to pass my provincial...but my trainer promised me a referral fee for referring people to him when I wasn't licensed...my trainer was a friend before WFG...I built my team and my new trainees were told the same..(trainers are not supposed to offer referral $ I found out later) needless to say none of us were paid. The total for each of us was over $1000.00.
My trainer was full time, I wasn't so the MD said we have to help the people that have made the full time commitment first..and once you are full time you will get the same. They tell you to associate with the successful people ..sure thats ok but are you supposed to forget about your "friends" along the way. Does friendship now become if you are in WFG we are friends..if you are getting recruits and bringing in business for me..we are friends.. Well I learned a hard lesson on friendship.
Integrity and Friendship are huge for me and the lesson that I learned through all of this is that WFG steals peoples Integrity and ruins friendships.
I guess you can buy new friends...the WFG way...

Recently a girl I know in Calgary got a call from someone at WFG re: a job. I told her ask questions..if they are offering you a job you have to pay for..don't do it.
When i got involved I knew it was a business opportunity  it wasn't presented to me as a job..but a chance to make a difference in my life & others . I like that..I do NOT like having to recruit to make it...
Yes the mission statement is no family left behind..and I still do have some positives that I take with me from WFG..the "BASIC" information/education I received helped..I know more now about HELOC, RRSP's & Life Insurance. 
However I am humbled at myself for having to eat my words on what I initially thought and realized that unless I recruited anyone & everyone...I would not make it in the WFG world...and ya know what...I'm ok with that...today !

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 Posted: Mon Mar 15th, 2010 12:45 am
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To WFG Sucks...
I walked the same path as you...I tried it....I'm not as good as expressing my thoughts & experiences as you but I can tell you this..
You are telling it 100% like it is in the WFG world.
Thanks for your posts..hopefully we can help those that really want the information to think twice before they drink the WFG kool-aid like I did..
I truly thought I was doing a good thing...but turns out...I was wrong

I am alot happier now that I am WFG-free

(and more in debt with the HELOC and Investment Loan..and etc , etc)

There were lots of fees..sure I was able to claim most of them on my taxes but still I will not recruit..that is 100% MLM !!!

Thanks again for your great & HONEST feedback..

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 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2010 06:23 pm
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scamfreetown wrote: I met a girl at a club that does sports and fun stuff, she said that she was a “financial advisor” and she asked me if I wanted to visit her at work and see what she does. I went and there was a meeting or some sorts of a lecture where everyone was dressed well and had fake smiles just like the fake money they BRAGGED about. I had no idea what was going on but I tried to believe that girl because she looked trustable, then I talked with one of the marketing directors.
The lecture was about how you could make so much money and how advancement was so prominent in this business.
World Financial Group is bunch of liars who don’t want to work and use people to make money from nothing.
They wanted me to pay $125 for a background check, I mean what multi billion dollar company has to get there prospective employees to pay for a back ground check, and can't you get those from the police for free. Then they wanted $275 to get my license and a book.
They did everything perfectly, too perfectly. It was with no doubt a cult where everyone believes that they are making $250,000 and nobody can wipe the smile off their faces long enough to find out different.
WFG is a joke don't deal with them and don't become an occult practice yourself it won't get you anywhere. All what they were after is your money and phone book to call your friends and do the same with them.
In case you missed the thread on Primerica, they are basically the same maybe worse.
I’m Happy to say that I recognized this scam but that cost me $125 of the money that I worked hard for.   


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 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2010 06:30 pm
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reading this for the first time made me feel like i posted it myself since I had the same experience right down to the smallest detail only it wasn't some girl I met in a bar but someone who recruited me from the workplace I agree they really suck big time, I lost my $125 but hey that's a pretty small price to pay to see a person's true color, guys there's something to be thankful here at least we didn't become instruments for these ruthless liars in scamming even more people like our close friends and families, see that's why they were so obsessed in diving into our contacts and phone books

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Would you agree that no matter where you go there people you trust and people you don't?  World Financial Group, like the military, or any other corporation are no different - they are a cross-section of North American society (GOOD & BAD).  Do you label the whole corporation of just the person?  World Financial Group has been around in Canada for nine years, 25 years in the States.  It is here to stay.  What do they do?  They teach common sense financial strategies that the rich have known for decades to the masses.  They connect those who wish to use the products offerred by companies like Franklin Templeton, Equitable Life, TD Bank, RBC, Manulife, IA Clarington, Transmerica Life etc., to those companies.  If you went into TD and asked for a loan to invest in IA Clarington or Franklin Templeton, do you think they would talk to you?  Do you think any one company has all the best investment opportunities that fit everyone's needs?  Because World Financial Group deals with the entire financial industry, they have no stake in where your money goes.  They can place it where it does what you want.  They are only supposed to sell to those that want to buy or recruit those that want to join.  Everyone has the right to say No.  "No I don't want to save money". "No I don't want to work hard discovering what families need to make my living."  Just say "no thank you" without getting so negative and bitter.  Personally I think if you want to do your research, talk to the companies that deal with World Financial Group.  Some of these companies have spent alot of money checking out World Financial Group and have staked their reputation on dealling with them.  Some of these companies have been around for 50 or even 125 years and they believe in what World Financial Group is trying to accomplish.  I would be glad to give anyone the phone numbers or websites to help them do that research.  Any questions, just ask...nicely.

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......just read what people have to say about WFG on this discussion board. Both (ex) insiders and other victims.

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Errors & Omission Insurance Fees (E&O) are an industry standard for all Life Insurance licensed representatives that is regulated both provincially and federally to protect the client, the agent and the company.  The same is true for the License.  These are the same no matter what company you represent in the Insurance Industry.  World Financial Group mentors individuals in acheiving the licensing standard, they are mandated to have in place.  As with the rest of the industry, compliance is mandatory for consumer protection.  E & O is like Malpractice insurance for Doctors.  The cost of the license is usually handled at a college that has a contract with World Financial Group and the provincial government.  The Associate Membership agreement is $125 and it goes to giving the individual access to corporate e-mail, financial assessment tools, weekly training by those successful in the business as well as from the product providers, discounts on training seminar from people like Tom Hopkins (world renoun salesmanship guru), Les Hewitt (author of Power of Focus) and many other guest speakers as well as a dedicated team of product provider contracts and assistance.  Everything you need to succeed, except the drive and belief that you can, is provided.  There is an infrastructure that is set up just to make sure that agents can focus on helping families without the headache of runniing the business by yourself.  World Financial Group is not just a job. It is an opportunity to build a business for yourself based on helping people, without going into the kind of debt you would with a franchise.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 26th, 2010 12:29 am
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From what I've read on this site, the negative ex-insiders and victums are the ones that either failed at the business or failed to get their questions answered.  Because they have failed they are spending their time blaming instead of accepting responsibility for their own lack of understanding.  Instead of pointing fingers, ask questions.  Get answers and accept the consequenses of your own decisions.  The industry dictates that you cannot be paid until you are licensed.  That rule has nothing to do with World Financial Group.  With a license and World Financial Group strategies, training and support, you can make good money in the financial services industry whether you recruit or not.  Whose decision is it to spend anything more then the membership agreement and licensing fees?  The individual.  In fact, if the opportunity doesn't suit you, whose decision is it to do more then use the strategies for your own finances?  This site seems to be full of people that are afraid to face their own part in their own failures and are set on blaming others for their decisions.  World Financial Group is a great business opportunity for the right  PERSON.  Their concepts and strategies due to their alliances with multiple industry giants make them the ideal place for anyone that wants to improve their own finances.  Not everything is for everyone!  If it wasn't for you, get over it.  At least you didn't make the same mistake buying a franchise in which you would have spent tens of thousands of dollars to get into.

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it is illegal for banks to offer anything other then GICs & mutual funds in their branches. Their returns right now are less then inflation.   If you want to guarentee a loss due to tax & inflation, go ahead and use the bank.  You will also need to speak to an insurance representative or possibly an independant financial planner to get a complete plan.  Financial Planners are usually fee based so you'll need money to make money.  Unless you have alot of money, banks won't spend much time with you either.  They certainly won't educate you on how money works.  That's not their mandate.  The Banks' mandate is to make money for their shareholders, not the individual.  World Financial Group has the connections to do everything - just look for an agent with more experience.  I work with one that has six designations in the financial industry and 26 years experience.  He had his own successful financial business and brought his clientelle to World Financial Group because of concepts, strategies and industry contracts.  This individual is headhunted by all the industry giants and won't leave World Financial Group because he can do more for people within their structure then he can do anywhere else.   World Financial Group agents charge nothing to sit down and educate families on how money works. It's like the old saying, "give someone a fish and they'll eat for a day, teach them to fish and they can eat for a lifetime".  Sit down, talk to them, learn and ask alot of questions.  Say No to the recruiting if that is what you want. 

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Better Business Bureau?

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Finally, I got some useful information to answer my questions toward WFG, but it's kinda late - I paid $125 already. I admit that i am greedy, so I've ripped off.

Again, should think about it - "Money wouldn't grow in the tree."

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 Posted: Thu May 13th, 2010 06:43 pm
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Well these guys are good at it aren't they? And their argument is you put in this amount of money and if you didn't do any work (for them) you shouldn't be expecting anything to happen. Well that's just exactly what you'll get for $125, "NOTHING!" 

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Strongly agree! I am in the situation that I've paid them $125. (very unwillingly) However, I am not gonna paid even a penny more to them. 
After hearing two presentations, I found that I was even more confused. I don't know what are they doing over there. They just keep saying money grows so easy, even easier than if you buy the lottery.
I still believe education should take in universities or colleges, not those unknown organization.

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 Posted: Fri May 14th, 2010 07:30 am
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Consider yourself lucky and wise for losing just $125 to these crooks, just imagine how these guys will suck you dry if you hadn't realized they're nothing bust a bunch of bogus impostors whose motto is "money for nothing"

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Today I attended to the group training - just want to tell them my schedule has been fully booked till i finished my CGA program. It might take another couple years... I am making an excuse.

Actually, I don't mind to go to their presentation as long as it is free and i have time, but i was told to paid another $50 for books in the next training. What do they mean? They said the training is so good, and those presentations are wonderful; however, they ask you to bring more friends to attend next presentation... I doubt  there will be sites left in a "WONDERFUL PRESENTATION".

Maybe I can earn "BIG" money as they metioned after i get my licence, but how long i will get the licence? how much work i have to spend to achieve it. I don't know. It don't sound easy as they described. I don't think i can manage my job, two courses and this. I might just fail to do everything after all...

Therefore, when they said another $50 for books, i told them i felt stress out. I need to postpone the training.

One thing i found interesting in WFG is that most of the ppl in training are not knowing what's actually going on. They might be just pretending as i did, or they were attracted by the "MONEY SAYING". That makes me think of "1984".

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You have alot of good questions.  The course is an industry standard, set up to pass the Life License Qualification Program Exam with the Provincial Insurance Council.  It is a basic introduction to what insurance and insured investments are about.  Concepts and strategies that World Financial Group uses are taught in field training based on the needs of clients.  You should be doing both the field training and the course at the same time to get the maximium educational benefit.  Some of the concepts are also taught in free classes.  Ask your mentor all your questions and if they dont know the answers they should be able to get them for you.  You are free to ask anyone at the office for help at any time.  Maybe you should finish your formal education at the same time as learning from World Financial Group.  The two dont have to be exclusive.  The costs for the course has just been lowered as well so there is less of a risk for a new person.  Ask whomever you are talking to at the company.  If you arent happy with their answers, ask someone else.  Human beings have a tendency to fill in the blanks with information that sounds right whether the information is true or not.  Ive read alot of half truths on this site and to the unexperienced, can be very misleading in either direction.  World Financial Group is neither a scam or a golden goose.  It is a company that is trying to revelutionize the way people are served in the financial industry.  People filter all experiences through what they know.  It just seems natural to be critical of anything different.  Those in the industry already, dont want to acknowledge that there is a portion of the population that need what World Financial Group offers (because they dont understand it).  We live in a society that has suffered financially and as such are natrually skeptical.  What do you expect to find at World Financial Group

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I understand your statement about college and university...that is what our experience and society has taught us for generations.  College and University courses are great at teaching theory - what government and banks want you to know.  They don't teach outside of that structure.  I have met alot of what I phrase as "educated stupid".  They are so full of theory and have no clue how to apply it.  Where is the common sence? Think of World Fiancial Group as teaching how to apply the theory.  The ideal situation would be to have both, wouldn't it? 

If you want to know what that $125 is really for, it is an administrative fee to connect you to trails, commissions, over-rides, renewals, stock options, training, any recruits you may attract, the computer network, head office infrastructure, personal business you do with clients, product partner resources (contracts with close to 40 companies), on-line supply ordering systems and both on-line & office training, etc.  World Financial Group is an international company, (in Canada for 12 years, in the States much longer and now in China for 2 years).  Our parent company, Aegon is located in The Netherlands. There has to be a way to track what you do so that you get paid.  You only see the benefit of the $125 administrative fee if you decide to do something with the company, like work.  They have done their part by connecting you to all the tools and resources you need to succeed (evident by your WFG code), it is up to you to use the tools.  Every year the tools get better.  "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink".  The ones that refuse to drink are the ones that are the most critical on the web!

Many companies have a fee for coming on board.  I worked with a security company as one of my first jobs back in the early 1980s . My first paycheck was docked over $200 for a uniform.  Same goes with a deposit on an appartment.  If you wreak the place or even just leave it a mess, you loose the money.  Have you ever rented a car?  Your credit card is taken and if you get a speeding ticket, a flat tire or fail to refill the tank or return it late, your deposit is kept or you are charge more aren't you? 

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Amazing how much connection with basic financial institutions can be established by WFG for such a small amount of $125. My question is, how come WFG cannot establish a connection with the most reputable business institutions themselves, say for example "THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU"

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You ppl make me laugh. Is it laziness, or what? Are you one of those ppl that doesn't have the ability to analyze
a situation or opportunity for themselves? I'd hate to see you grocery shopping! 'OMG, look at the fat content! Are they trying to kill me?!?!? Why didn't they tell me that info on the FRONT of the box!' Then you shoot off your mouth to everyone around you, taking the whole situation and twisting it with your ignorance and volatility.

You haven't a clue, do you? It is funny how quickly and easily some ppl jump to conclusions.
I can almost tell you could never do this,
because you are too bitter and aren't
willing to put in hard work to build a better
life for yourself, and others. Were you
promised a Ferrari? Well you shouldn't have
been, because that isn't a very likely
goal. To be financially independent
and show you how to use your money
more wisely? That is what we do. GET
YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. Are there loose
cannons? FOR SURE! In every industry there
are loudmouths and blowhards! Get all of
the facts...ie. you usually have to read a book
from cover to cover to find out what the
story is about. Funny you are jumping to
conclusions about WFG....
It is something like giving a review of a McLaren F-1...it can get you there quicker and more comfortably, but at first glance you don't like the color of the car or the person driving it. WFG is the vehicle that we drive to help ppl's financial siuations...if you don't know anything about it, don't knock it. You encountered someone who was less than thorough...there are ppl like that in every aspect of life.
The banker sure didn't mind letting me pay through the nose year after year, paying compound interest day after day, month after month, year after year.
The insurance agent didn't mind selling me a policy that gave my wife less than 3 years' worth of peace of mind if I died...
My mind is at ease now...I have the coverage I need and my future monetary needs are being worked on...now I've decided that I want to show ppl how they can get out of the traditional sinkholes and get back on their feet...
My family now have some breathing room and are able to do some renos and not worry about how we are going to pay for our kid's college education...
Keep on letting the banks and the insurance companies short-change you, that's your decision.

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ONE WORD: IF YOU EXPECT TO PAY A BIT OF MONEY AND NOT DO ANY WORK, THAT IS CALLED LAZY! Sorry, in this industry, you getting rewarded for your efforts, nothing else. Nothing is handed to you.
Keep going to college, or university. There no guarantee of a job when you get out. You just paid thousands of dollars for what? Talk about spending money for nothing!! Good luck with the student loans...

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Three words "Better Bussiness Bureau"! :D

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Better Business Bureau! hahahahahaha!

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University is definitely a great investment.

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I need to talk to you about WFG, world financial god or world family group, a sofisticated bussiness cult.  I am unable to PM you.:(

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To all against WFG:

What makes me laugh is what goofs you really are. I have been out to the presentations and researched beyond your obvious understanding of blogs and forums and I see what you are doing. You come on here trying to attack a company who already has proved itself in the financial industry as a leading organization who just happens to have an investor like Aegon and who also just happens to apparently be a scam. The scam is simply this. You, (all of you who are arguing against WFG), have a right to your opinion of the system but what you end up doing instead is marketing your own companies or success stories as alternatives to WFG. Narrow minded individuals spend their time arguing over whether a company who is based in providing financial services and education is legitimate. The course they offer to get your license is actually similarily offered at Mount Royal, but instead of $100 like WFG, they charge $1000. Your right, that does suck. haha If you had actually come to more than one presentation before you paid your $125, you would have been able to make an educated decision, however this is not what you have done. The second presentation is called "how money works." You should probably check it out as I myself have tested the strategies by going to my financial institution and guess what happened? The representative told me that they could lose their job if they gave me the services I was asking for because they are only allowed to approve a certain amount of services like this to people with a certain dollar amount. I'm quite impressed actually that you were able to come across as if you were well educated but I urge you to consider that if you call it a scam, and even one person succeeds in the business legitimatley, you are blinding yourself to that and you may as well go and work for a grocery store where you can be happy debating whether minimum wage is good enough or not. WFGsucks, you are the biggest goof because you work for another organization that Im sure if you search up in google "_____scam," you will find that people don't think your company is legitimate either. I would say that this was a waste of my time but you know what? I actually enjoyed every minute of it. I would also ask if you realized that you could actually get all of that money back by claiming it, but I already know that you are not intelegent enough to know that. I already am making more than a lawyer and I don't even have a university degree in business. You are right!! Bummer

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Hey Chimo.......you are obviously not very educated so I won't bother making you look any dumber than you already do on here. One thing I will say, I never once said that some of the strategies they do aren't legit, but making any one with a heart beat believe they can become millionaire financial advisors is a scam dumb ass.

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Well of course you would say that.  Your right though you never will and maybe neither will I but just even to take the opportunity to try it seems like a smarter idea than wasting my time arguing with a guy who is obviously disappointed that it wasn't the "get rich quick" scheme you thought it was.  I'm truly sorry that the reality of that has yet to sink in.  What do you do for a living?  Most people who are involved in WFG are in it as a secondary career or part time interest.  The only ones I see doing it full time are the ones who have been in it for awhile.  By the way, I think I said it before, but you should probably go tell Aegon your opinion about this because you know what.....I doubt they even know.  Thanks for the two liner.

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Okay so you went to two "BPM"s and you are now an expert. You actually don't know anything about my situation and who I am and how long I was with them so everything you say is irrelevant. Once again, the business itself is not the scam so you can throw out your AEGON excuse like all the broke associates who are clinging on to the hope as well. AEGON could careless because guess what, they own transamerica. Oh and guess what, what is the number one product that WFG makes you sell....hmmm. An independent broker hey??? Sure sure.....now I'm done arguing with someone who is misinformed.

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wfgsucks. Reading what I have, I am finding it hard to believe anything you say. You're just angry; you were even contacted by the police. I have never heard of the company until reading this thread; this is even my first post on this website. I will just throw in my two cents...
It's not a scam; but it does weed out incompetent people that could jeopardize the brand name, as well as other peoples' money. And as some other person said, their money is their life.
If you were to give people the opportunity to make great money in a desirable field of work, (finance) would you be willing to give this job to someone who may want to just opt out any moment? No. And if they paid their small fee to gain this opportunity (this fee covered your costs) and they opted out on grounds of lack of interest, no way would I pay them back! To bad! And I am sure they planned for that in the contract(s) you sign.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is a little something called "opportunity cost". And if the cost of getting you on board is more than the money you bring into me, I do not want you. Neither does the multi-billion dollar company. Therefore, in my contract I am going to save my ass by including a little blurb on not being responsible for '....This and that, including this; that can be that...'
So anyone looking to join the company, or needs an opportunity like this, be ready to work hard and recruit. There is a reason this company is recalled for its (good) ethics. Recruiting is what makes you money in a business like this, but you also have to stay ahead of your recruits. Be ready to work hard.
Everything I know about the company is just from this thread and a little bit of research abroad. (Including the negative articles.)

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contacted by the police??? What are you talking about man?  I never once said anything about that.  Nice to see you have all the credibility in the world to be talking about things  you know nothing about.  And if you don't understand, that was sarcasm.  Maybe you should read the posts properly before responding.  Oh and good luck as a WFG agent since thats what you abviously are. 

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Oh and as far as your question regarding would you give this opportunity to someone who can opt out anytime?  Well why dont you check WFG's turnover rate before you spew that stuff out.  They do give it to anyone who walks in the door.  Do some research. 

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 Posted: Thu Mar 3rd, 2011 02:25 pm
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Very interesting discussion. I am not apart of WFG as an agent but have purchased some UL, TFSA, and some SEG funds with a variety of suppliers. I used to sell UL years ago under an MGA in Calgary and new pretty much what my WFG guy was telling me and he had it down right so he must have had good training. He tried to recruit but I am not interested and he left it alone. Selling UL is touchy because there are no firm deadlines for an investor to miss so there is no rush vs an investment having a firm closing date. The issue of WFG being an MLM is nothing different than another financial planning company whether it by a mutual fund company, insurance company, Investors Group, credit union, bank, WHOMEVER. There is always a tier system and it is none more prevalent than in a corporate structure. Now everybody has there own commission structure and if WFG's structure sucks then it sucks but I would guess that the structure is disclosed upfront and one could compare their structure with other MGA's. Also, going to work for another MGA does not guarantee success either so not making it work with WFG is not WFG's fault. Unfortunately some people take the recruiting in an MLM scenario to seriously and get friends pissed off at them or they think that they are in Amway (which by the way is not a bad company, its the people themselves that screw it up). the fact is that mlm exists everywhere but disguised as referral programs and various levels of management in a larger corporation. You guys that didn't make it with wfg, are you still in the self employed finance industry and are you doing better and if so then why? If you quit because you didn't make money then you wouldn't have anywhere (sorry to say). I have been selling financial products privately for 15 years, you either can do it or you cannot.
Also, please include the link to BBB because i couldn't find wfg on their website.
Turn over rate....happens where-ever you go and especially in an environment where there is no base.
I haven't read one thing from the nay-sayers that are mature valid negatives when comparing wfg to any other commission based financial company.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 3rd, 2011 04:26 pm
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Well I just want you to know that I'm still in the industry and yes I am much more successful like the many people I know who have moved on from WFG. Now when you say that this structure is the same as in any other corporate structure in a bank or mutual fund company, well that is simply a naive and invalid statement. Last time I checked, bankers don't walk into bars/grocery stores/retail store/etc to try and "hire" everyone and anyone who is breathing. Yes there are structures and different pay schedules in those companies but it is far from being the same thing as WFG as you stated.
And you also stated yourself that only some people can make it in this industry..so an mlm who will take money from anyone contradicts your statement. I didn't leave WFG because I wasn't making money, I left because of the unprofessionalism and the lies being told to anyone who walked in the door about them being successful....you are right its not for everyone. In fact, this industry is for only a few who can make it work.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 5th, 2011 04:12 pm
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Sir (far better than wgfsucks), i am not implying that bankers are recruiting people off the street rather the pyramid structure is by far most prevalent in the corporate structure and it is accepted as society as appropriate because we see their commercials on tv and the pressure of performance and recruitment happen behind closed doors and under a plaque framed corporate mission statement.  Pressure on recruits to sponsor everyone and their blind dog is unprofessional, short sighted, immature, and at times I'm sure caniving (sp?).  That being said, if an individual choose WFG because that person would have broader access to financial products that working at TD (in a pyramid structure) then all the more power to him/her. 
An MLM business that thrives on collecting fees from new recruits would not grow to be as big as WFG and top rated financial companies would not pair up with WFG if those financial companies, who have a reputation to protect, did not think that their partners could generate investment dollars - bottom line.
You keep focusing on the MLM component, do they not offer good financial training that adhere to the regulatory bodies and offer investors reasonable options to place their dollars depending on the risk tolerance? 
Anyway, good luck with your financial career.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 5th, 2011 04:39 pm
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Well you are right about the financial training, but remember that those courses are through the regulatory bodies and anyone can take them any time they want so it really has nothing to do with WFG "training". And I didnt once say they don't actually sell any financial products, they do. Problem is, once you get to that size, you have to make things as simple as possible due to the lack of knowledge with you recruits. This leads to a simplified cookie cutter approach. They sell a lot of product you are right. But remember that at one point they were a true broker, but please go ask them what companies they mainly use at this point. Their biggest UL sales are through Transamerica, which is fine except for the fact that the same company (aegon) owns both. They push that on their recruits like its the only things they can do, believe me. Oh and the other option, is Equitable life. Not much for a broker with 100's of options now is it. Same goes for the Mutual fund side....
Anyways, nothing against you just saying. Take care and good luck as well.

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Mana: 
I see, all good points.  Thanks for the good wishes and the same to you.

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