Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Prudent man rule

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Prudent man rule

Paisley: Hi Julia, have you heard of the “prudent man rule” in finance?

Julia: No, I haven’t. What is it?

Paisley: The prudent man rule is a legal principle that requires fiduciaries, such as trustees or investment managers, to act with the care, skill, and diligence that a prudent person would exercise in similar circumstances.

Julia: That sounds important. How does the prudent man rule affect investment decisions?

Paisley: The prudent man rule guides investment decisions by emphasizing the need for careful consideration of risks, diversification, and the suitability of investments for the beneficiaries’ interests.

Julia: I see. Are there any specific criteria that fiduciaries must follow under the prudent man rule?

Paisley: Fiduciaries must make investment decisions based on the best interests of the beneficiaries, considering factors such as the risk tolerance, financial goals, and time horizon of the beneficiaries.

Julia: Got it. What happens if a fiduciary violates the prudent man rule?

Paisley: If a fiduciary violates the prudent man rule and causes financial harm to the beneficiaries, they may be held liable for breach of fiduciary duty and could face legal consequences.

Julia: Thanks for explaining, Paisley. The prudent man rule seems like an important safeguard for protecting the interests of beneficiaries.

Paisley: You’re welcome, Julia. It’s a crucial principle that promotes responsible and ethical conduct in managing investments on behalf of others.