Why States Should Adopt UPruIA

The Uniform Prudent Investor Act reverses common law rules that restrict the investment powers of trustees. The new act requires a trustee to invest as a prudent investor would, using reasonable care, skill and caution in light of the objectives and risk tolerance of the individual trust. Diversification of assets is an obligation. Trustees can delegate investment responsibilities to experts. Within the scope of these powers and duties, trustees can choose to invest in any kind of asset that meets the objective of the specific trust.


What are the specific advantages of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act?

  1. Trusts are likely to achieve a better return for beneficiaries than is the case under the common law rules.
  2. Trustees can protect the trust corpus better through diversification of assets than is the case under the common law rules.
  3. Trustees can invest to counter the effects of inflation, something that the common rules do not allow.
  4. A trustee no longer is forced to rely upon his or her own knowledge and expertise, but can acquire investment services to enhance his or her own knowledge and skill.
  5. Trustees can take into account the changing character and kinds of assets available for investment, free of archaic restrictions.
  6. Trustees are judged on overall performance of the assets in a trust, rather than on the performance of specific assets.
  7. The specific needs of each trust can be taken into account in devising investment strategy, rather than be subordinate to generic investment rules treating all trusts as the same.
  8. The Act will provide uniformity of law, necessary in an interstate investment environment.