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
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Does Your Broker Make
You Broker?”

July 11 – Nationally renown personal finance expert, Terry Savage, nails Wall Street and SEC over fiduciary rule making in this article on The Huffington Post. She calls on investors to weigh in with SEC and cites the Institute’s Six Fiduciary Duties and arguments.

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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!

John C. Bogle Forum

At a Jan. 31, 2012, forum co-chaired by Arthur Levitt and Paul Volker, Vanguard Founder John Bogle spoke of a “crying need for the fiduciary standard.”

What is Fiduciary Law?

Experts explain what the fiduciary standard is, why it matters to investors and why it should apply to all who provide investment advice.


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