In theory, planners are expected to act as fiduciaries for their clients, meaning that a planner must put a client's best interests ahead of his or her own. In practice, no human being is truly capable of doing this because in the real world our ethics aren't pure.

Anyone's ethics can be shaped by financial gain. Keep in mind that Webster's dictionary defines ethics as "the discipline dealing with what is good and bad, and with moral duty and obligation."

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