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.

These duties are:

  • Serve the client’s best interest
  • Act in utmost good faith
  • Act prudently – with the care, skill and judgment of a professional
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Disclose all material facts
  • Control investment expenses





Institute Proposes Best Practices for Advisers and Brokers Seeking to Meet True Fiduciary Standard


Jack Bogle: “The time has come to return to traditional values of fiduciary duty. The ‘Best Practices’ proposal … is an important first step”

January 29 – Product Sellers or Advice Givers? Best Practices Put this Question First
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Get Involved

The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard doesn’t have formal membership, as it isn’t a membership association. It is a non profit, a private foundation. But, we need the involvement of all those willing to help–in any capacity! Learn more here.

Frankel Fiduciary Prize
August 4, 2014 — Gary Gensler will receive the Frankel Fiduciary Prize Sept. 19th at Columbia University in NYC. For information about the event contact the Institute at info@thefidcuiaryinstitute.org.


Sept. 15, 2014 – Key Principles for Fiduciary Best Practices and an Emerging Profession (Press Release)

Sept. 10, 2014 -Best Practices’ Move Forward With Council of Advisors, NAPFA Strategic Alliance, Brian Hamburger as General Counsel to the Best Practices Board (Press Release)

Sept. 3, 2014 -Fiduciary September Stresses Vital Role of Centuries-Old Law in Investment Advice (Press Release)