Resources with documents that can be downloaded
- Business Managers
- Case Study
- Investment Advisor Monitoring
- Investment Fees
- Sample Document
- Trustee Compensation
- Trustee Fee
- White Paper
Trustees Duties – Policies and Procedures
Trustees Duties Policies and Procedures – Anodos helps individual trustees save time, reduce their personal risk, and fulfill their fiduciary duties. We do this by helping trustees develop and maintain a series of governance documents – including trustee compensation studies – which demonstrates they have fulfilled each of their duties of care.
7 Risk Mitigation Strategies for Trustees
Having served as an expert consultant / witness in trust litigation matters since 2013, I have observed seven “risk mitigation” strategies that a prudent trustee will adopt.
California Trusts and Estates Quarterly (Volume 27, Issue 1, 2021) How much is too much? Trustee Compensation and an Analysis of California Rules of Court, Rule 7.776
SAMPLE Proposal Letter for a Foundation
Developing a governance process is central to fulfilling the trustees’ duties to the Foundation.
SAMPLE Proposal Letter for a Trustee
If you want to know more about the service, select this link to see a draft Engagement Letter for a trustee.
The Emperor Has No Clothes
The investment industrial complex does not want you to know how to evaluate its members.
Sample Governance Audit
It’s not uncommon for disgruntled beneficiaries to bring lawsuits against trustees around the subject of “poor performance”. The fact patterns often look like this–low performance by the trust versus high performance from the S&P 500 (or other index) during that same period.
Why the “Passive vs. Active” Investment Debate is the Wrong Issue
The investment industry is embroiled in a “great debate” concerning which investment philosophy is best: active vs. passive management.
How is a targeted return like UBER?
A trustee would not get into an Uber until they defined the destination for their ride. A trustee would not hire an employee without describing at some level the work the employee was being hired to do.
Investment Governance Best Practices for Business Managers (How to Watch the Hen House)
You are a business manager, and it is either explicitly or implicitly the case that you are responsible for monitoring the activities of the investment managers that have been entrusted with your clients’ capital.
Fiduciary Governance for an ERISA Trustee
Why size doesn’t matter.
In this eBook we discuss the various duties an ERISA trustee is expected to follow according to USC best practices.
Principal and Income Act Analysis
This case study illustrates the process we followed to explore one trustee’s authority to make adjustments between income and principal and options for how they might do so.
Understanding the Trustee’s Duty to Diversity
In this white paper, we discuss reasons for NOT diversifying the assets of a trust as well as reasons FOR doing so–all of which might satisfy the prudent investor standards under different circumstances.
Sample Delegation of Investment Duties
This sample document identifies the elements of a prudent delegation of investment duties. Without a “job description”, how can any employee know what they are being hired to accomplish, and how can periodic reviews be conducted?
Helping a Portfolio Grow
The money manager’s job is to care for your portfolio as if it was was their own. But we know that no one is going to care for your portfolio like you do. Of course, the money manager feels they’re doing a great job, but it’s a good idea to confirm if that’s the case.
Market Study: Average Investment Management Fees
In this market study by AdvisorHQ, they collected data from investment advisers across the country to identify industry-average fee levels for a range of portfolio sizes. This data can help you verify if your fees are consistent with industry norms.
Investment Governance Overview
It’s difficult to answer the question, “Is my investment advisor doing a good job?” Predictably, all investment advisors report that they are “doing great” and are “above average.” In this free White Paper, we’ll address this difficult issue.
Trust But Verify: Do Private Equity and Hedge Funds Deliver Superior Risk-adjusted Returns?
For years, the investment industry has promoted the virtues of hedge funds and private equity funds for large instructional investors and ultra high net worth individuals. But over the last few years these products have come under increased scrutiny because the hoped-for benefits have, for the most part, not materialized.
The CPA and Attorney’s Introduction to Serving as a Trustee
In this ebook, we’ll provide a clear roadmap to help trustees understand their five core duties of care, and more importantly, how to fulfill these duties.
Benchmarking Principles and Construction
The evaluation of an investment manager requires tools for determining whether or not the manager took appropriate risk to earn the return needed in accomplishing the investor’s objectives. Without these benchmarking tools, no objective judgment about risk and return can be made. Without a plumb line it is impossible to know if the wall is straight.