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Wayne State University Statutes

2.73.03 Cash Pool Investment Policy
   
2.73.03.010 INTRODUCTION
 
This investment policy is issued to set forth the general investment guidelines of the Wayne State University (WSU) Cash Pool (the "Pool").  Cash account balances shall be pooled for investment purposes.
   
2.73.03.011

Policy guidelines may be amended by the Board of Governors (the "Board") upon their own initiative and/or upon consideration of the advice and recommendations of the Treasurer.  Proposed modifictions should be documented in writing to the Board.

   
2.73.03.020 STATEMENT OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
 

The Treasurer shall invest the cash available in the cash pool, effectively and efficiently balancing reasonable risk with expected returns, and ensuring adquate liquidity to meet the current operating needs of the University.  The Treasurer may utilize the services of investment consultants and/or investment managers to ensure that these goals are met.

 

   
2.73.03.030 INVESTMENT GUIDELINES
 

The overall asset allocation targets and permissible ranges for eligible asset classes are detailed in Section 2.73.03.120 (Asset Allocation Policy).  Manager specific benchmarks and policy exceptions are established by the Treasurer.  All investments within the associated investment pools will follow appropriate regulatory guidelines.  No investment will be made in the portfolio which would or might be expected to place the University's tax-exempt status in jeopardy under the Internal Revenue Code.

   
2.73.03.040 Concentration Limits:
 

Investment in the securities of a single issuer shall not be in excess of 5% of the total  market value of the assets under management at the time of purchase (excluding U.S. Treasury and Agency obligations, and commingled funds).

   
2.73.03.041

Total funds in any investment mandate shall not constitute more than 30% of the cash pool.

   
2.73.03.050 Quality:
 

Eligible short-term securities must be issued by organizations maintaining short-term debt ratings from at least two of the three primary Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations listed below.  Ratings must meet the minimum rrequirements below, and in the case of split ratings, the lowest rating will be used to determine the quality of the investment.

Standard & Poor's   A1

Moody's    P1

Fitch    F1

 

 

   
2.73.03.051

Fixed income securities in the "liquidity" investment portfolio shall not be rated less than "A" by Standard & Poor's or "A" by Moody's except as provided for in Section 2.73.03.053.  Fixed income securities in the "core" investment portfolio shall not be rated less than "BBB-" by Standard & Poor's or "Baa3" by Moody's except as provided for in Section 2.73.03.053.  Fixed income securities in the "opportunistic" investment portfolio shall not be rated less than "B-" by Standard & Poor's or "B3" by Moody's except as provided for in Section 2.73.03.053.  This provision does not apply to securities of the U.S. Government or its U.S. Government guaranteed agencies.

 

   
2.73.03.052

No purchase shall be made on margin nor securities sold short.

   
2.73.03.053

The Treasurer or his designees may provide an exemption for securities held that have been downgraded below the mininum credit quality limitations set forth by this policy.  Otherwise, the investment manager must sell such securities within one week of the downgrade.

 

   
2.73.03.060 Eligible Investments:
 

Investments outlined in Section 2.73.03.130 are approved for inclusion in the Pool.

   
2.73.03.070 Duration:
 

The maximum average duration of the Pool is five (5) years.  The maximum duration of any individual security is seven (7) years.

   
2.73.03.080 Commingled Funds
 

Notwithstanding the terms of this Investment Policy, when Pool assets are invested in commingled funds, which may include mutual funds, limited partnerships or limited liability companies, it is accepted that such assets will be managed in accordance with the objectives, policies and restrictions set forth in the commingled funds' investment guidelines.

 

   
2.73.03.090 Rebalancing Policy
 

The Treasurer shall review the asset allocation policy and approve both target percentages and acceptable ranges for each asset class annually, or more frequently if market conditions warrant.  Thereafter, the Treasurer shall be responsible for reviewing the actual asset allocation versus the target asset allocation.  At the conclusion of every quarter, staff will rebalance any asset class that has fallen outside its acceptable range to within the permissible range, subject to the liquidity needs of the ongoing operations of the University.  Cash inflows and outflows shall be used to assist in the rebalancing of assets to the target mix.

 

   
  ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
2.73.03.100 Board of Governors
 

The Board shall be responsible for reviewing and approving the invetment policy and asset allocation for the Pool.

   
2.73.03.101 Treasurer
 

The Treasurer will provide overall direction to the staff in the execution of the investment policy.  The Treasurer is responsible for:  (1) evaluating, hiring, and terminating investment managers, custodian banks and consultants, (2) for proposing revisions to this statement of goals and objectives to reflect modifications and revisions to the Pool, which may develop from time to time, and (3) submitting all revisions to the Board for approval.  The Treasurer will communicate any material change to this policy to investment managers.

   
2.73.03.110 IMPLEMENTATION
 

All monies invested for the Wayne State University Cash Pool by its investment managers after the adoption of this Investment Policy shall conform to this policy.

   
2.73.03.120 ASSET ALLOCATION POLICY
 

ASSET CLASS                                                                                    TARGET           RANGE

Short-Term Liquidity Portfolio                                                             30%                 15-70%

    Money Market Funds, U.S. Government Obligations,

    U.S. GovernmentAgencies, Bank Accounts, Certificates of

    Deposit, Commercial Paper, Corporate Bills, Notes, or   

    Bonds and  Variable Rate Demand Obligations                                      20%               10-60%

    Short-Term Bond Funds                                                                       10%                 0-20%

Core Portfolio                                                                                         62%               30-85%

    Short/Intermediate Duration Fixed Income                                              62%                30-85%

Opportunistic Portfolio                                                                            8%                  0-12%

    Short-Term High-Yield Bonds                                                                 4%                  0-7%

    Multi Strategy Fixed Income                                                                  4%                  0-7%

   

   
2.73.03.130 Eligible Investments
 

A)  U.S. Government and U.S. Government guaranteed agency securities representing a direct obligation of the U.S. Government.

B)  U.S. Government sponsored agency debt obligations rated "A+" or higher by Standard and Poor's or an equivalent rating by Moody's or Fitch.

C)  Debt Securities issued by a governmental entity within the U.S. rated "A+" or higher by Standard and Poor's or an equivalent rating by Moody's or Fitch, including debt issued by any state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or any political subdivision of the aforementioned.

D)  Corporate Debt.

E)  Debt securities of non-United States issuers including foreign governments, corporations, and supranational agencies.

F)  Debt securities issued by a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. parent corporation which are guaranteed (on the face of the debt security) by the U.S. parent corporation.

G)  Securitized Debt Obligations (with a minimum rating of "AA" at purchase by Standard and Poor's or an equivalent rating by Moody's or Fitch).  This excludes all collateralized mortgage obligations, except those with a level of risk comparable to or more conservative than a fifteen-year agency mortgage.

H) Bank Obligations excluding syndicated loans.

I)  Prime, U.S. Government:  Treasury & Agency and Treaury Only Money Market Funds (may include repurchase agreements) should be "AAA/Aaa" rated by Standard and Poor's and/or Moody's. 

J)  Repurchase Agreements with banks and brokers collateralized by cash or other eligible securities equal to at least 102% of the market value of the repurchase agreement.

K)  Separate accounts and commingled funds.

L)  The purchase of private placement bonds issued in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rule 144A will be permitted by investment managers.

   

Legislative History
Adopted Official Proceedings 55:_____ (7 December 2011) Prior Acts Official Proceedings 22:2934 (8 July 1977); amended 30:4085, 30:4131, 33:4467, 37:4894, 38:4992.

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