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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Webinar July 20

July 20th, 11 am CDT

Sheryl Garrett, leader of the hourly financial planning movement, says Institute for the Fiduciary Standard program provides much-needed clarity to help investors know what to expect from a fiduciary advisor.

The Garrett Planning Network, held a webinar on the Institute for the Fiduciary Best Practices Affirmation Program on July 20, 2017 at 11 am CDT

What: A discussion on the need for Best Practices and the benefits of the fiduciary affirmation program

Presenters: Knut A. Rostad, President, and Mary Malgoire, Board Member

  Watch the presentation video here >>

Institute & Industry Leaders


Daylian Cain

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July 29, 2017 – Yale business professor, Daylian Cain, is a prolific researcher on conflicts of interest. His notoriety in investment advice policy circles was further enhanced when the Obama administration cited his work in 2015, as it argued for the DOL Conflicts of Interest Rule.

In June 2016, Cain offered a quick (seven minute video) synopsis of his thinking. The video can be found here.

One key point in professor Cain’s synopsis highlighted in this one-page summary deserves special attention. It underscores why a policy of avoiding conflicts is far superior to a policy of accepting and disclosing conflicts. The point is the potential impact of conflicts on everyone. As Cain notes, “Yet, (its not just the bad apples)… normal people are also capable of really bad behavior.”

Fidiciary Must-Reads

August 17, 2017Fiduciary double standard gives robos a free ride by Scott MacKillop (Investment News)

August 16, 2017Anticipating delay to DOL fiduciary rule, broker-dealers and RIAs change course by reg Iacurci (Investment News)

July 14, 2017 — Best interest is in the eye of the beholder in debate over DOL fiduciary rule by Mark Schoeff Jr. (Investment News)

June 20, 2017 – CFP Board Seeks to Impose ‘Strengthened’ Fiduciary Standard on All Advice by Melanie Waddell (ThinkAdvisor)


May 24, 2016 — Institute launches the Campaign for Investors

Read more about the Campaign for Investors