October 1, 2012

Weissbluth Responds to Rostad’s Blog on ‘Zero Conflicts of Interest’—Video

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In a blog posting for AdvisorOne, Knut Rostad of Rembert Pendleton Jackson and The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard questioned whether Elliot Weissbluth of HighTower Advisors misspoke when he claimed his firm had “zero conflicts of interest.”

In the interests of allowing you to judge for yourself, we present below a video from the Market Counsel Member Summit in September in Las Vegas that shows Rostad asking his question and Weissbluth answering it.


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