Trust funds

Discussion in '401k, IRA and Retirement' started by Corzhens, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Senior Investor

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    For those without retirement plans, a good alternative is the trust funds that banks offer. Although the interest earnings is not as high as other investments like the pension plan, it is safe and guaranteed because banks are regulated by the Central Bank. There are several companies offereing pension plans that have folded up and pity the investors because they are left with the crumbs (the money left with the company that is confiscated by the government).
     
  2. Kate

    Kate Senior Investor

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    Now there's something I haven't thought about or checked into... Hmmm... wonder why I haven't heard more about them?
    As far as interest is concerned, though, it's totally lousy all over for every kind of account, so that wouldn't be as large of
    a concern as it would have been in the past.

    I think you have mentioned before that you're not in the U.S., Corzhens? If that's the case, I wonder if it's the same
    here? I'll keep watching this thread and hope that someone can answer that for me. I'd like to know a website to get more
    information about this because it sounds like something I may be interested in.
     
  3. kgord

    kgord Senior Investor

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    Trust funds are popular in the US as well, but I don't know what the merits are in terms of a trust fund over a traditonal account. Money is pretty safe here in tems of IRA's, money markets etc. but a trust fund might be a valuable alternative investment. Maybe those that understand more about the benefits of trust funds versus traditional investment vehicles can help us with this one. I don't know enough about them.
     
  4. TaurusHorns

    TaurusHorns Well-Known Member

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    Great advice! At this point, I think I'm way too far down the experimental financial hole to go back to steadier alternatives, but I'd have appreciated it a few years back. The only problm I have with funds and accounts is that I am a bit flipfloppy and like to be able to sell and reinvest asap
     
  5. remnant

    remnant Well-Known Member

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    I am not sure trust funds are the way to go because they assume an identity distinct from the investor. They are also irrevocable meaning that the truster losses access. Am not sure whether these are the ones you people are referring to. For my case, I would prefer mutual funds. These are accessible to small holders since they are safe. The investment is diversified by money market managers to make capital gains. They offer a steady option of increase to your investments.
     
  6. JR Ewing

    JR Ewing Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Here in the US, trusts are set up as separate legal entities that protect the beneficiaries of the trusts from things like lawsuits, much the same way corporate structures are.

    One difference between trusts and corporations is that trusts are kept private, whereas information pertaining to corporations (owners, officers, etc) are publicly available through things like your state's secretary of state website.

    Trusts are taxed relatively high here in the US, and are better for those with relatively large amounts of money.
     
  7. puru rama

    puru rama Active Member

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    If you've heard of trust funds but don't know what they are or how they work, you're not alone. Many people know just one key fact about trust funds: They're set up by the ultra-wealthy as a way to protect passing on significant sums of money to family, friends or entities (charities, for example) after they pass away. Only part of the conventional wisdom is true though. Trust funds are designed to allow a person's money to continue to be useful well after they pass away, but trusts aren't useful only for ultra high-net-worth individuals. Middle-class people can use trust funds as well, and setting up one isn't entirely out of financial reach.

    In the event that you've known about trust subsidizes however don't comprehend what they are or how they function, you're not the only one. Many individuals know only one key certainty about trust assets: They're set up by the ultra-affluent as an approach to ensure passing on noteworthy totals of cash to family, companions or substances (philanthropies, for instance) after they pass away. Just piece of the standard way of thinking is valid however. Trust assets are intended to permit a man's cash to keep on being helpful well after they pass away, however trusts aren't valuable just for ultra high-total assets people. Working class individuals can utilize put stock in assets too, and setting up one isn't totally out of budgetary reach.
     
  8. longtermbull

    longtermbull Administrator Staff Member

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    All part of a process of long term planning - something we all need to address sooner rather than later.
     
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