Discretionary trust

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Discretionary trust

In the context of mutual funds, refers to a mutual fund or unit trust whose management decides on the best way to use the assets without restriction to a specific type of security.
In the context of trusts, refers to a personal trust in which a trustee has the power of decision as to how much income or principal each beneficiary receives.

Discretionary Trust

A trust in which a trustee is able to make decisions without the need to consult others. For example, a discretionary trust gives the trustee the right to make significant investment decisions without permission from or even consultation with the trustor or the beneficiary. However, the trustee has a fiduciary responsibility to manage the assets as well as possible; decisions made in a discretionary trust must be made in accordance with the prudent man principle.