Ongoing Trustee Governance Support

Problem: The responsibilities of a trustee are the highest level known in law. Unfortunately few trustees know what their duties are or have the time or experience to fulfill them.

Trustee-Checklist

Solution: Anodos helps trustees develop and maintain a governance process which demonstrates they have fulfilled their duties with excellence. We do what trustees should do, but don't know how.

Overview

We develop policies

Without clearly documented investment policies, it is impossible for a trustee to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their duties of care. Anodos creates a series of policies that the trustee adopts which serve as the roadmap for ongoing investment governance.

We execute procedures

Without procedures, it is impossible to judge whether the trustee's policies have been satisfied. Anodos conducts a series of quarterly procedures that correspond to each of the governance policies that the trustee has adopted.

We maintain a compliance library

Without a compliance library, there is no evidence that the governance procedures have been fulfilled. Anodos establishes a compliance calendar, maintains an online vault, and populates that library with records of the governance activities.

What's Included

  • DUTY RE TOTAL RETURN: A policy should be adopted that the total investment return for the portfolio will be reported quarterly. This return calculation shall be consistent with the performance guidelines developed by the CFA Institute--time weighted return net of fees.
  • DUTY RE PREVAILING FACTORS: A policy should be adopted to take account of the prevailing economic and investment environments as the trustee administers the trust.
  • DUTY RE CONTINGENCY PLAN: A policy should be adopted that, on an annual basis, an evaluation will be made of the ongoing distributions of the trust in the event of significant market turmoil.
  • DUTY RE DIVERSIFICATION: A policy should be adopted that no individual security, industry sector or asset class will represent an unreasonably large portion of the portfolio unless specific circumstances justify otherwise.
  • DUTY RE LIQUIDITY: A policy should be adopted that defines the portion of the portfolio that may be allocated to illiquid and unmarketable securities.
  • DUTY RE "ALTERNATIVE" INVESTMENTS: A policy should be adopted that if the investment advisor uses illiquid investments in the portfolio, a memo for the compliance library should be created addressing conflicts of interest, expected return, investment term, and cost.
  • DUTY RE INVESTMENT COSTS: A policy should be adopted that, on an annual basis, a fee study will be conducted to compare the investment advisor’s fee to competitive investment offerings for portfolios of comparable size, complexity and product mix.
  • DUTY RE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: A policy should be adopted that, on an annual basis, the investment advisor will be asked to provide a written disclosure of any conflicts of interest that may exist between the advisor, the trust and the investment products or processes that the advisor has adopted.
  • DUTY RE AGENT SELECTION: A policy should be adopted that each year the advisor’s FINRA report and/or ADV will be reviewed to determine if they remain in good standing with the regulatory bodies that oversee their licensure.
  • DUTY RE DELEGATION: A policy should be adopted that a “Delegation of Investment Duties” document will be written and provided to the investment advisor.
  • DUTY RE MONITORING: A policy should be adopted that several benchmarks will be established and used as key performance indicators to measure whether the risk and return experienced by the portfolio are within a reasonable range of the expected outcomes.
  • DUTY RE CONTEMPORANEOUS REVIEW: A policy should be adopted that, on an annual basis, these governance policies will be reviewed and reaffirmed, with particular emphasis on policies that are timeless rather than those made in reaction to changing market conditions.

Simple Pricing

0.10%

of Trust Corpus

The annual fee for Trustee Governance Support is $1,000 per $1.0m of trust assets, with a minimum fee of $12,000. This fee does not reduce the compensation paid to the trustee, but is paid by the trust.

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