Investing and Managing Trusts Under the New Prudent Investor Rule

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In the next few years, the world's senior generation will pass on some ten trillion dollars--more than the value of all the companies listed on today's stock exchange--to their heirs. Much of this unprecedented transfer of wealth will take the form of trusts. But the old Prudent Man Rule that trustees have followed for generations has been scrapped, and the new Prudent Investor Rule, which now applies in most states, drastically changes the way trusts must be operated. Trustees cannot hope to learn "on the job": today's investment principles and portfolio management techniques are too demanding. With Investing and Managing Trusts under the New Prudent Investor Rule, Train and Melfe show trustees how to manage trusts according to this important new Rule.

Many current and future trustees are unfamiliar with the far-reaching provisions of the new Prudent Investor Rule, which should soon govern trust investing in all fifty states. Investing and Managing Trusts under the New Prudent Investor Rule explains the investment and administrative obligations--as well as the new liberties--imposed by this stringent Rule.

John Train, an authority on building wealth, brings his deep knowledge and dry wit to this thorough guide, in collaboration with Thomas Melfe, eminent New York trusts and estates attorney. Train and Melfe also highlight the various forms of trusts and the major suitable and unsuitable types of investments, so that family trustees, as well as readers in the investment and trust business, law, and financial planning can understand the key strategic and managerial considerations.

This practical, straightforward guide--the first comprehensive discussion of the new Prudent Investor Rule for private trustees-comes complete with useful sample forms, management guidelines, checklists, and a glossary. It is an essential reference for all professional and family trustees as well as their legal and financial advisors.

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