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Fiduciary Oath

Financial advisors at Stars & Stripes Financial Advisors have chosen to take the Fiduciary Oath. This means that all of our advisors have the legal and ethical duty to put their client's best interests above their own thereby upholding the confidence, good faith, and trust vested in them.

It may surprise you to find out that most financial advisors are not held to the fiduciary standard and are allowed to provide advice that is merely "suitable" but that is not necessarily in the client's best interest. The key difference between a financial advisor who is a fiduciary and a typical financial advisor who is not a fiduciary lies in the requirements that distinguish them. Chief among these requirement differences is the difference of being mandated to provide advice that is suitable for the client versus providing advice that is both suitable and in the best interest of the client.

When choosing your financial advisor you should ask yourself if you want suitable financial advice or if you want advice that goes beyond being suitable but that is also in your best interest.

During your time in the military you were held to a high standard. Shouldn't your financial advisor be held to a high standard too? At Stars & Stripes Financial Advisors we believe Service Members and Veterans deserve more than just the minimum. That is why when it comes to the financial advice we provide, we insist that it is advice that is in your best interest.

At Stars & Stripes Financial Advisors we do not work on commissions or make money from kick-backs so you can trust that the advice you receive from us is not influenced by third parties. The only way we get paid is by you, and that's the way we think it should be. Our advice is just straight forward advice delivered with the honor and integrity you deserve as a member of the military community.

A fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care that a financial advisor, or arguably any professional, can adhere to. It means that the advisor is legally required to put your interests ahead of their own at all times and in all dealings.

We have committed ourselves to the following five fiduciary principles

We have committed ourselves to the following five fiduciary principles

  1. We will always put your best interests first.
  2. We will act with prudence; that is, with the skill, care, diligence, and good judgment of a professional.
  3. We will not mislead you, and we will provide conspicuous, full, and fair disclosure of all important facts.
  4. We will avoid conflicts of interest.
  5. We will fully disclose and fairly manage, in your favor, any unavoidable conflicts.

Please read further on the NAPFA website

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