Investment Policy Statement Development

Oxford has substantial experience in developing Investment Policy Statements (IPS).

We lead defined benefit plan boards through how to incorporate best practices most effectively into their Investment Policy Statement (IPS) document. Our process focuses on key topics that we feel every IPS should address. These topics include:

  • The definition of your strategic asset allocation targets
  • Allowable asset category ranges to allow for tactical allocations for risk control and opportunistic positioning
  • Manager selection and watch list criteria
  • Asset and liability matching philosophy
  • The definition of traditional measures related to risk, return expectations, liquidity, time horizon and any special circumstances that should be documented

Our IPS language recommendations will be built from matching your investment program against the plan’s future liabilities and cash needs. We have long experience advising boards on how to build well-designed investment programs and then monitor them based on changing economic conditions, regulatory factors and the performance of the individual entities included in the plan. Our customized reporting is built to help board members easily monitor the overall performance of the investment program, including risk-adjusted returns, plus the performance of managers and the total portfolio against appropriate peer groups and benchmarks.

Recertification of your IPS

We suggest an annual recertification of your IPS. Our advisors lead the board through an update, proposing changes as needed and providing education on why revisions might be appropriate given regulatory changes and the market environment.

401(k), 403(b) and Participant Directed Retirement Plans

Oxford has more than 31 years of experience creating sophisticated, long-term financial solutions that are highly tailored to your individual needs.

Committee-Directed Pension Plans

Your dedicated Oxford service team advises your Board as a co-fiduciary advisor.

Endowments and Foundations

Oxford serves many leading charitable organizations as a co-fiduciary advisor.

Co-Fiduciary and Fee-Only Business Model

Oxford embraces fiduciary responsibility in all of our client engagements.

Retirement Plan Expertise

We have helped dozens of clients evaluate the cutting edge of retirement benefit options and plan construction.

Specialized Service Team

Your Oxford service team includes Managing Directors, Oxford Investment Fellows®, Client Relationship Managers, an Executive Assistant and a Meeting Planner.

Approach to Plan Investment

Our investment approach focuses on three primary areas: investment menu design, investment manager selection and monitoring and total cost benchmarking.

Investment Policy Statement Development

Oxford has substantial experience in developing Investment Policy Statements (IPS).