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Question of the Week: Level 3 - Ethics

Roger Linstrom is a financial advisor with Perón & Co. and is well respected in his community.  A local children’s charity has asked him to speak at one of their fundraisers.  The director of the charity made it clear to Linstrom that, although only about 65% of the money donated goes directly to help the children, he would appreciate it if Linstrom said that the percentage is “about 90%”.  If Linstrom complies with the director’s request, Linstrom will most likely have:

Question of the Week: Level 3 - Ethics 5 votes

A. violated Standard I(D) Misconduct.
80% 4 votes
B. not violated Standard I(D) because the charity work is not related to his profession as a financial advisor.
0% 0 votes
C. not violated Standard I(D) because both “about 90%” and “directly helping the children” are vague and open to interpretation.
20% 1 vote

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  • MarkMeldrumMarkMeldrum OntarioPosts: 73 Associate
    The correct answer is Option A.

    If Linstrom makes the statement that the amount is about 90% when he knows it to be 65% – especially with the intent to increase donations of money – his statement if fraudulent, and may well be illegal.  Such actions compromise his integrity, which is a violation of Standard I(D).

    Note that the fraud does not have to be related to his profession.

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