A fiduciary is a person or organization that acts on behalf of another person or persons to manage assets.
Why It's Important
The term fiduciary has been thrown around a lot lately but do you really know what it is? A fiduciaries' responsibilities and duties are both ethical and legal. Once the advisor or organization says that they are a fiduciary, they have to act in your best interest. This means that they are not supposed to do things just to pad their pockets (make money).
What does an advisor not acting like a fiduciary look like? They may try to sell you products you don’t need to make a commission. They may initiate trades unnecessarily just to get commission (also called churning). It is important to stay educated and ask questions.
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