Welcome to the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard!

The Institute is a nonprofit formed in 2011 to benefit investors and society through its research, education and advocacy of the fiduciary standard’s importance to investors, our capital markets and economy.

Six key fiduciary duties embody the fundamental elements of an investment fiduciary’s responsibility. Learn more about those duties here.

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CFP Board to Release Draft of Proposed Changes to Standards of Professional Conduct
on June 20, 2017

Jun 13, 2017 – The CFP Board announced on Tuesday that it will release a draft of proposed changes to its Standards of Professional Conduct on June 20. The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard applauds the CFP Board for reviewing its standards.

Over the past few years, the Institute has conducted its own review of CFP standards as they apply to a CFP’s fiduciary duty to his or her client. With the initiation by the CFP Board of a discussion of proposed new standards, the Institute believes that now is the time to release its review of CFP professional conduct standards. Read more…

Institute & Industry Leaders


Paul Smith

Paul Smith CEO and President of the CFA Institute

June 13, 2017 – CFA Institute President / CEO, Paul Smith urges SEC to “regain control” of the fiduciary standard “by regulating the titles that those who provide personalized investment advice can use.”

Read the full statement here. (CFA Institute website)

Fidiciary Must-Reads

June 16, 2017 – New Nevada law imposes fiduciary duty on brokers by Mark Schoeff Jr. (Investment News)

June 7, 2017 – Why You Still Can’t Trust Your Financial Adviser by Ben Steverman (Bloomberg)

June 2, 2017 –  The Fiduciary Rule Goes Live at Long Last by Cheryl Winokur Munk (Barrons – subscription)


May 24, 2016 — Institute launches the Campaign for Investors

Read more about the Campaign for Investors