What is an IPS?
An Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is a signed document that outlines our portfolio management process for a client. A strong IPS will detail the investment decision-making process and connect it to the client’s strategic objectives and long-term goals. The IPS is ultimately a tool we use to ensure that the client and the advisor are on the same page and that all parties are in compliance with ERISA guidelines.
Why write an IPS?
Serving as your fiduciary, we are obligated to provide our clients with information about the investment management strategy. The IPS is a succinct way of doing this and offer the following benefits:
- Informs the client and clarifies the decision-making process
- Helps for both clients and advisors to monitor assets
- Creates a channel of communication between advisor, sponsor, and plan participants
- Establishes a standard framework and investing consistency