Standard I - Professionalism (Standards of Professional Conduct)
The first standard, professionalism, has four sub-parts:
A. Knowledge of the Law
The members and candidates must know, understand, and comply with any law, or regulation governing their professional activities. In case of a conflict the member/candidate must comply with the stricter law. They should not knowingly participate in any activity that is in violation of the law.
B. Independence and objectivity
The members and candidates must act with independence and objectivity while performing their professional activities. They should not take any gifts or benefits of any kind that could hamper their independence and objectivity in performing their duties.
Members and Candidates must not knowingly misrepresent any information relating to investment analysis, recommendations, actions, or other professional activities.
The CFA members and candidates should not engage in any kind of misconduct, such as fraud, dishonesty or deceit, or any such act that adversely reflects upon their professional competence.
- CFA Institute Professional Conduct Program
- Six Components of the Code of Ethics
- Seven Standards of Professional Conduct
- Standard I - Professionalism (Standards of Professional Conduct)
- Standard II – Integrity of Capital Markets
- Standard III – Duties of Clients
- Standard IV – Duties to Employers
- Standard V – Investment Analysis, Recommendations, and Actions
- Standard VI – Conflicts of Interest
- Standard VII – Responsibilities of a CFA Institute Member or CFA Candidate