Now that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule has been issued, the Center for Financial Responsibility at Texas Tech University is seeking to define the term “best interest.”
To that end, it has launched the “Best Interest Initiative,” which is focused on answering a question faced by financial advisors as they work to understand just what acting in the best interest of their clients truly means.
Although they may not be sure what a fiduciary is, consumers have shown themselves to be very much in favor of a legal requirement for advisors to act in the client’s best interest; the financial industry, not so much — at least not as it’s presented in the DOL’s new rule. Some groups within the industry support the standard more than others.
“No one has defined best interest,” John Gilliam, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech, said in a statement.