February 3rd, 2013 Admin | February 3, 2013 What does fiduciary mean and why should you care when it comes to handling your money?
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Fiduciary is legal ethical relationship between two parties. A fiduciary accepts the trust of another party must act in the best interest of the party who has extended this trust. The fiduciary must never be in a position where the fiduciary’s interest are in conflict with the person or party who has placed trust in them. For example a lawyer, doctor, guardian, teacher and priest all practice fiduciary duty. However a business partner or spouse may not.
There are financial or investment advisors which should be held to a fiduciary duty. A fiduciary will be liable if proven to have gained from the relationship whether due to conflict of interest or taking advantage of their position.
Well said, Aaron. A true fiduciary is hard to come by when dealing with the financial industry. Most “experts” are stuck pushing products based on the high commissions (load mutual funds, cash-value life insurance, annuities, etc.) the firm and the salesmen can earn. This leaves very few people in the industry who can truly be called a fiduciary (just because someone tells you they are should not be accepted as fact). Fee-only financial planners are pretty close to the real thing, but finding one who will accept clients with less than $200,000 is difficult.
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