6.1 The investment process
The following activity will allow you to explore a template for an investment policy statement as recommended by the CFA.
Activity 10 Investment policy statement template
Read the document by the CFA entitled.
What are the key elements to be included in a policy statement?
The key elements of an investment policy statement are:
- Scope and purpose
- Governance issues
- Investment, return and risk objectives
- Risk management including performance and risk measurement plus a process for rebalancing.
We will discuss risk management issues in more depth in Unit 6.
An example of a long-term return objective is often given in real terms. Why do you think that is?
The level of inflation current at the time of specifying the investment policy may be very different from levels of inflation experienced in the decades to come. Real return objectives neutralise this potential problem. See Section 3b of the CFA investment policy statement.
By specifying a strategic asset allocation of the different asset classes having used risk, return and correlation data to optimise the mix.
By employing a number of fund managers.
The correct answer is a.
By specifying a strategic asset allocation of the different asset classes having used risk, return and correlation data to optimise the mix. See Section 2e of the CFA investment policy statement.
Give an example of a special factor which might be included in the investment policy statement.
One example is the exclusion from the portfolio of securities in the same industry as the company whose pension fund investment policy is being considered. For other examples, see Section 2e of the CFA investment policy statement.
Now look at some investment policies in action.