Person, company, or association entrusted with the control of assets for the benefit of another, known as the beneficiary. Most states have laws governing the conduct of fiduciaries. Some states maintain a list of securities, known as the legal list, which are permissible investments for fiduciaries acting on behalf of their beneficiaries. Other states simply use the prudent man rule which requires that fiduciaries act as a prudent man or woman would with regard to how they invest on behalf of their beneficiary. In addition, the document appointing the fiduciary will establish parameters and guidelines for their activities with respect to the beneficiary’s assets. Some examples of fiduciaries are executors of wills, administrators of estates, receivers in bankruptcy, trustees, and custodians for minors.

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