Common Trust Fund of a Bank

A common trust fund of a bank is a trust that a bank manages on behalf of a group of participating customers, in order to invest and reinvest their contributions to the trust collectively. A bank customer purchases units of the common trust fund. This arrangement allows the trustee to manage the customer’s contributions in a pool of contributions from a number of customers. These customers are the beneficiaries of the common trust fund.

Acting as a fiduciary, the bank commingles the contributions of participating customers in the common trust fund and invests in a variety of underlying holdings. Typically, a preprinted trust agreement will name the trustee, specify the investments and establish other terms of participation in the common trust fund. 


This guide is not intended to provide investment advice, and you should not rely on statements in this guide when making investment decisions.

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