Op-Eds and Commentary

SEC release offers little medicine to quell conflict-of-interest “virus’

by Knut A. Rostad, Published on June 11, 2013

Note: this op-ed, written by Institute for the Fiduciary Standard President Knut Rostad, is published on

Why Capitalism Has an Image Problem

by Charles Murray, Published on July 2012

Capitalism has played an important role in world history generally and in American history in particular. Nevertheless, today many Americans view capitalism with suspicion or even hostility. What’s needed is a remaking of the case for capitalism, which itself requires a restatement of capitalism’s old truths.

The Scandal Behind the New Financial Scandals

by Francesco Guerrera, Published on July 2012

Recent scandals, such as the controvery over Libor and the failure of the brokerage firm Peregrine Financial Group, underscore the severe problems within the financial industry. Such controversies have led savers to withdraw hundreds of billions of dollars from equity mutual funds. Are these events the new normal or are we at a breaking point?

How to Choose a Financial Planner

by Allan Roth, Published on March 2012

Knowing how your financial advisor makes money can help you, the consumer, make a well-informed decision. This article attempts to arm consumers with tools they can use to get the best money advice possible.

Institute Research Associate – Darren Fogarty

Darren Fogarty is an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he studies Economics and Sustainability Studies. He also recently graduated from a summer program studying International Relations at Georgetown University.

Darren also works at UNCG’s writing center as a consultant, where he aids students and alumni in their writing processes. He is passionate about the work he does for the Institute, and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the principles which uphold our capital markets.