“Put the Interests of the Client First. No Excuses. Period.”

In a world where individual investors have few friends (sadly), Vanguard founder John Bogle — now 83 years old – is a true champion.

What does he propose doing now to fix the stagnant economy and (still) battered financial system?

Bogle advocates taxes to discourage short-term speculation. He wants limits on leverage, transparency for financial derivatives, stricter punishments for financial crimes and, perhaps most urgently, a unified fiduciary standard for all money managers: “A fiduciary standard means, basically, put the interests of the client first. No excuses. Period.”

–Jeff Sommer, “A Mutual Fund Master, Too Worried to Rest“; The New York Times (8/11/2012)

So, why doesn’t residential real estate need a fiduciary duty?

Because it already has one (vs. legalistic mambo-jambo about “suitability,” “know your client,” etc. that now governs many financial advisors’ relationship with their clients).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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