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John Taft

Five Years After We Broke the Buck: Are We Better Off?

"Until the industry can demonstrate its commitment to ethical standards of conduct, lasting reform of the financial sector will remain ineffective and incomplete and trust and confidence in the financial system will not be fully restored."

The financial collapse of 2008 put the country in turmoil. In his latest commentary, John provides insight to financial markets and financial services firms today and discusses the rules and regulations being written to prevent another financial crisis. In an extension of his book “Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street,” John calls on business leaders and regulators to be stewards for clients and society.

About John G. Taft

John Taft is CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and Chairman Emeritus of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading securities industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the U.S. In this and other leadership roles at SIFMA, John has advocated for responsible financial reform and has testified before Congress in support of a federal fiduciary standard of care for investment professionals who provide advice to individual clients.

Awards and Recognition

  • Named as a "Leading Individual" by the Family Wealth Report Inaugural Awards
  • Included on the 2014 list of Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America
  • Presented 2013 Business Leader Award from Project 515
  • In 2013, recognized on Investment Advisor's annual list of top 25 most influential people for advisors
  • Editors at Amazon selected John's book as one of their "top picks" for March 2012.
  • Named 2010 Outstanding Corporate Diversity Leader by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
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Commentary: Five Years After We Broke the Buck
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