By Scott C. Stevenson

This custom source offers readers with a large collection of recommendations geared toward expanding attendance for targeted occasions. It encompasses a number of strategies to advertise occasions and techniques for attracting the meant parts.

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Investment consultants have another common function (especially with the public pension set). ” when challenged. Contracted Investment Office The contracted or shared investment office is similar to an internal investment office. They can be given little discretion or total discretion. I think the best practice is to mirror what the fund would have liked to receive from an internal office. Like an internal investment office, a contracted office provides the professionalism, responsibility and accountability that shoulder much of the fiduciary responsibilities of the board.

They leave the investment part mostly to the contract office and use the in-house office to interface with the stakeholders. It’s not uncommon for an internal investment office to be run by an executive director and to not be fully equipped with the skill sets that span the spectrum of investments. In terms of structuring a Contracted Model, an organization has two basic options. One is to work directly with the contracted investment office (most common), and the other is to outsource a portion of the investment program to the contracted investment office while simultaneously keeping the rest in-house with the internal investment office.

In our opinion, the best way to navigate this problem is to determine if the outsourcer is acting as a principal or as an agent. Much like the real estate and brokerage communities, an agent acts for the client’s interest while a principal acts for his own. The same concept applies to outsourced CIO models; those acting for themselves first are principals and those acting in the client’s interest are agents. How to distinguish from one another is not as hard as one might think. Size is the first indicator.

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