Future Of Financial Advice Series: Best Interests Duty



The best interests duty requires financial advisers to place the interests of their clients ahead of their own in providing personal advice to retail clients. It is designed to build trust and confidence in the financial advice industry through an enhancedstandard which aligns the interests of the adviser with their client, thereby reducing conflicts of interest.


The term "best interests" is not defined in the new legislation. However, an adviser will comply with the best interests duty if they comply with the "safe harbour" provisions set out in the Act, which requires...

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