From the August 2006 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

August 1, 2006

Read the Rules

I'll preface my comment with the caveat that I'm all in favor of the CFP Board incorporating the word "fiduciary" in its Code. Having said that, I still have trouble with the nonsense that surfaces in the "fiduciary" debate. Most recently, my frustration/ confusion was raised by a tidbit in the July issue (Beginnings/News) that reported "A recent member-wide survey of the FPA... asked, 'The CFP Board Code of Ethics does not clearly mandate a fiduciary standard requiring a planner to act in a client's best interest...'" [my italics]

Doesn't anyone ever actually read the Code?

Rule 202 (Rules that Relate to the Principle of Objectivity) reads (verbatim):

"A financial planning practitioner shall act in the interest of the client."

As a Southerner, my English may be weak; however, Rule 202 seems to be a pretty clear mandate to me.

Harold R. Evensky, CFP

Chairman

Evensky & Katz

Coral Gables, Florida

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Joel Weltman

Mason Road Wealth Advisors, LLC

St. Louis, Missouri

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