Knut A. Rostad

Knut A. Rostad


The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard


Knut A. Rostad, MBA, AIF®, co-founded and chaired the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard and co-founded and is president of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a nonprofit formed in 2011 to advance the fiduciary standard through research, education and advocacy. He served as the regulatory and compliance officer at Rembert Pendleton Jackson, a registered investment adviser in Falls Church, Virginia, for ten years until early in 2015.

The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard seeks to advance fiduciary principles in investment advice. The Institute has established the Institute’s Six Core Fiduciary Duties, the Fiduciary Declaration, Fiduciary September the Frankel Fiduciary Prize, and advocates for a true fiduciary standard before the SEC and DOL. Rostad has authored numerous articles, papers and regulatory comment letters. For more information visit the Institute at:

Rostad is the editor of The Man in the Arena: Vanguard Founder John C. Bogle and His Lifelong Battle to Serve Investors First, published by Wiley in December 2013. He is also a contributing editor at ThinkAdvisor; speaks frequently at industry conferences on fiduciary and compliance issues; and is regularly cited in media national and industry outlets. Rostad was named to Investment Adviser Magazine’s ‘IA 25’ list in 2014, which it calls “our annual list of the most influential people in and around the advisor industry.”

Rostad earned a BA in Political Science at the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) with the Center for Fiduciary Studies, Pittsburgh.