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An Investment policy statement (IPS) is a statement that defines general investment goals and objectives. It describes the strategies that will be used to meet these objectives and contains specific information on subjects such as asset allocation, risk tolerance, and liquidity requirements.
Consider the use of a simple investing plan (see below):
- For investors challenged by the complexity of an Investment Policy Statement
- When the investment objectives don't justify the effort needed to create an Investment Policy Statement (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1694 - The Royal Charter was sealed establishing the Bank of England on July 27, 1694. Source:Timeline: Bank of England
- 1866 - The opening of Cyrus W. Field's Atlantic Cable led to inauguration of arbitrage in which brokers profited by price differences between New York and London markets for U.S. shares.(Source)
- 1971 - Wells Fargo launched the worlds first stock-index fund with $6 million from the pension fund of Samsonite Corp. Source:Peter L. Bernstein, Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street (Free Press, New York, 1992), p. 247.
- 1990 - The Ho Chi Minh City Stock exchange officially starts trading. Source: Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (Vietnamese) (Google Translate)
- 1965 - The Social Security Amendments of 1965 was signed into law, establishing Medicaid and Medicare in the United States. Source: Legislative history
- 2002 - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law. The Act mandated a number of reforms to enhance corporate responsibility, enhance financial disclosures and combat corporate and accounting fraud, and created the "Public Company Accounting Oversight Board" to oversee the activities of the auditing profession. (Source)
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