Responsibilities of the Investment Manager For Pension Boards, Custody Issues, and Rebalancing

A person is an “Investment Manager” with respect to a retirement system or pension fund under the Illinois Pension Code if such person:

1. is a fiduciary appointed by the board of trustees of a retirement system or pension fund in accordance with Section 1-109.1;
2. has the power to manage, acquire or dispose of any asset of the retirement system or pension fund;
3. is either –
a. registered as an Investment Advisor under the Investment Advisors Act of 1940;
b. a bank, as defined by that Act, or
c. an insurance company; and
4. has acknowledged in writing that he is a fiduciary with respect to the retirement system or pension fund.
5. the terms “Investment Manager” and “Investment Advisor” are used interchangeably.

The Investment Manager/Advisor/Broker with discretion over buying or selling securities for the fund may not be the custodian of the investment instruments.

Pension boards should review percentages quarterly for compliance with the Investment Policy. Funds with assets under $2.5 million are allowed 10% in separate accounts and/or mutual funds, which may not grow in excess of 10% provided that the contract has not been changed.

If market values do not exceed the allowable percentage then no rebalancing is required. Investment Policies of each fund should stipulate the percentage allowable in the various types of authorized investments.

Pension funds invested in separate accounts, mutual funds and/or individual stocks should calculate the market value of those funds to determine the percentage held vs. the allowable percentage under the law. Use the expertise of the Investment Manager to assist with this task. If the percentage exceeds the allowable amount, the fund must reduce the allowable percentage and document the reduction. The reduction as to which investments are sold is at the discretion of the pension board and applies only to the aggregate percentage. Documentation of the percentage calculations should be maintained at the pension fund.

Loans and Debt Management

If you have loans that you cannot pay at present you may be looking for a debt solution. It is not uncommon to accumulate a number of loans over a period of time, never thinking that it may not be possible at some time to service the debt that is being taken on.

It is sometimes forgotten that past commitments go on for quite some time and Loans as well as credit cards and store cards can build up, so that after even a short period of time, these credit commitments can add up to a sum that cannot be paid on proper terms.

We get calls to our free help line from people with loans who now cannot service their monthly commitments. We are always able to offer debt solutions to our callers, which may range from debt management to bankruptcy.

If the debts that you have are £15,000 or less and there is the ability to make payments of £100 or more from disposable income then it is very likely that one solution offered will be debt management.

A typical loan repayment may be several hundred pounds per month. If two or more loans have been accumulated, then a significant loan schedule will be due. These sums can be cut by three quarters with a good debt management plan.

The debt management company will often be able to get the loan company to stop interest accumulating, and charges from being imposed. The Loan company may accept lower payments in lieu of the full payments, which will make the loans easier to service.

The debt management company will charge the first months payment as a management charge, and then about 15% of each subsequent month as a management fee.

In return for this the debt management advisors will collect in and distribute your money each month to your creditors, they will handle all correspondence, and make sure that matters run smoothly.

It will be possible to run the plan this way for as little or as long as required.

Investment Management Advice

Management investment advice is an encompassing process. A management investment advisor can give you plans that will help you meet your goals by evaluating your situation and exploring opportunities for your growth and success. This expert will help you understand the challenges you face and guide you in making the right investment decisions.

An expert management investment advisor will first gather information from you. This information will concern your goals, family, assets, tax rate, risk tolerance, liquidity and income needs. You will then be given options and recommendations regarding stocks, pensions and irrevocable trusts that match your investment profile. You and your advisor will develop an investment plan utilizing stocks, bonds, cash and other investments that are structured to fit your needs and lifestyle.

You will be giving an investment policy statement so that you know what is being done and how it’s being done. Should changes occur, ongoing evaluations of your situation will occur and meetings with your investment manager will take place regularly. It is important to stay in continual contact with your investment management advisor, because of the constantly changing climmate in the financial world. Values of commodities rise and fall with world events and with the natural fluxuations of the world economy. You will have to stay abreast of these factors through your advisor.

Investment management advisors generally have a wealth of institutional data and knowledge about where best to put your money. They profit when you profit, so it works for everybody. Make sure your advisor company has been in the business for a long while; this ensure they have built up a solid reputation and will not put your wealth in jeopardy.