Institute for the Fiduciary Standard/WealthManagement.com September 2015 DOL Conflict of Interest Survey
Professional and Personal Financial Planning
By Jeffrey W. McClure, CFP® — An excellent paper on the origins, meaning and importance of professions, and the status of financial planning as a profession.
Fiduciary Institute to Craft Fiduciary Best Practices that Investors Want
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard today announced the formation of a Best Practices Board to craft fiduciary best practices for investment and financial advisors.
Fiduciary Reference – Analysis of Investment Fiduciary Issues
The SEC March 1 Release* assumptions about a possible uniform fiduciary standard and the duty of loyalty sharply restrict when fiduciary duties are applied. If these assumptions are adopted in rulemaking, fiduciary duties would effectively be removed for brokers and advisers giving investment advice to retail investors.
The Fiduciary Obligations of Financial Advisors Under the Law of Agency
By By Robert H. Sitkoff — “Whether a financial advisor is an “investment advisor” or a “broker” (or neither) under the federal securities laws, an advisor may be an agent under the common law of agency.”
Selling Advice And Creating Expectations: Why Brokers Should Be Fiduciaries
By Arthur B. Laby — Because investors reasonably expect that brokers will, in fact, operate in a fiduciary capacity, the SEC should impose a fiduciary duty on brokers that give investment advice.