An investment policy statement is a document that serves as a strategic guide to the planning and implementation of an investment strategy. It is customized to each client based on their preferences, attitudes and situation. It is developed in consultation with each client who must also approve the original version as well as any subsequent revisions.
Elements common to most investment policy statements include return objectives, risk tolerance, liquidity requirements, time horizon, taxation, asset allocation and performance expectations. The investment policy statement is reviewed regularly and updated as necessary when a client’s situation changes.