Market Integrity & Advocacy

We work for you. The Standards and Advocacy team is dedicated to promoting investor protection, championing ethics and market integrity (including fairness, transparency, and structure issues in financial reporting and capital markets), and setting global professional standards to create excellence in investment practice.

Monthly Briefing 

We speak out for you. Standards and Advocacy works to get your voice heard and amplifies the issues that matter to our investment community. You will see our name referenced in important legislation and regulatory rulings and cited in prominent media.

Learn more in our S&A Monthly Briefing (PDF), which highlights recent accomplishments and the impact of the Standards and Advocacy team.

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Final DOL Fiduciary Rule: What it Means for Retirement Savers and Investment Advisers

We’re providing ongoing commentary to our members and the media on the DOL fiduciary rule, an issue we’ve been following since it was proposed in April 2015. Will lawsuits delay the April 2017 implementation? We continue to urge the SEC to formulate its own fiduciary standard.

Read our coverage of fiduciary duty | Watch our video (1 min.) | See our policy brief (PDF) and comment letter (PDF) on best-interests duty

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From Trust to Loyalty: What Investors Want

Our survey, “From Trust to Loyalty: A Global Study of What Investors Want,” is just out and getting quite a media ride. Outlets worldwide are covering the survey include the Bloomberg View (columnist Barry Ritholtz), The Wall Street Journal, The Reformed Broker, and Pensions & Investments.

Read our latest blog post | See the survey findings |  Watch President and CEO Paul Smith’s overview of the survey | Use our prefilled Tweet to share #WhatInvestorsWant

Policy Perspectives

Where we stand on the issues: research, interviews, and briefings

The Standards and Advocacy Team

Kurt Schacht, CFA
“Our diverse membership of professional investors informs our perspectives on global capital markets issues, transcending narrow commercial interests to focus on market integrity.”
— Kurt Schacht, CFA  

Team member profiles

We invite your input. Email us at advocacy@cfainstitute.org.