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What is a Fiduciary Standard?

As per FI360, an investment fiduciary is someone who is managing the assets of another person and therefore stands in a special relationship of trust, confidence, and/or legal responsibility. The Prudent Practices represent a standard of excellence that can be the foundation of the trust placed in them by investors.

Each Practice represents a distinct obligation in the fiduciary standard of care as defined in applicable laws, regulations, case law precedent, and/or best practices. Adopting the Practices into your own investment processes can mitigate compliance risk, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and distinguish your reputation as a fiduciary specialist. 

When working with a financial professional, it is important to understand that different, established standards - the rules in which financial professionals must operate - apply depending on the different advice you may be receiving.  In other words, some advice will require a fiduciary standard, while other advice may require a best interest or suitability standard.  Most often, the applicable advice standard depends on the financial products or services being discussed.