According to data compiled by the Investment Company Institute (ICI), deposits to equity trusts totaled $477 million, down substantially from $1.06 billion in July.
Tax-free bond trusts issued shares in August with deposits of $140.7million, compared with $160 million a month previously. Shares issued in August by taxable bond trusts reached $87.6 million, compared with $77.2 million in July 2002.
There were 50 new trusts issuing shares in August including 24 equity trusts, 22 tax-free bond trusts, and four taxable bond trusts.
In terms of maturity, long-term bond trusts having an average weighted maturity of more than 15 years were the most commonly offered in August, with $177.6 million in shareholder deposits.
Unit investment trusts, or UITs, are investment
companies that purchase fixed portfolios of selected stocks
or bonds, and hold them through a stated termination date.
Units in the trust are sold to investors, who receive a share of principal and interest, or dividends depending on the underlying investments. Fixed income UITs pay monthly income in contrast to bonds that only pay income semiannually or annually.