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Article XII, Section 6

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International Monetary Fund. Legal Dept.
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August 2017
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Reserves, Distribution of Net Income, and Investment

The Investment Account—Establishment

1. The Fund hereby establishes within the General Department an Investment Account as provided for in Article XII, Section 6(f)(i).

2. The assets of the Investment Account shall be kept separately from the other accounts of the General Department. (EBS/06/57, 4/17/06)

Decision No. 13710-(06/40) IA,

April 28, 2006

The Acting Chair’s Summing Up—Review of the Investment Strategy for the Fixed-Income Subaccount of the Investment Account Executive Board Meeting 15/82, August 31, 2015

Executive Directors welcomed the opportunity to review the investment strategy for the Fixed-Income Subaccount, building on the informal discussion in September 2014. They supported the proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations, which represent an evolution of the current approach aimed at making the portfolio more resilient in a range of market environments.

Directors agreed that the investment strategy for the Fixed-Income Subaccount should remain aimed at protecting the Fund’s balance sheet and generating income, with a number of Directors considering that balance sheet protection should be the primary objective. Directors agreed that the return objective should remain to exceed the SDR interest rate without setting a specific numerical target, noting that this issue could be revisited at a later date. Directors also supported extending the investment horizon to 3–4 years.

Directors supported the approach of splitting the portfolio into two initially broadly equal tranches, aimed at strengthening portfolio resilience. They also agreed that the longer-duration Tranche 2 investments should be phased in over a five-year horizon in order to reduce market timing and interest rate risks.

Directors supported the expansion of the list of eligible assets into other high-quality fixed-income instruments. They stressed the importance of establishing adequate risk controls, to be implemented by the Managing Director along the lines set out in the staff paper, and limiting the new Group 2 assets to a maximum 35 percent of the overall portfolio, noting that this is an upper limit and not a target for these asset classes. A few Directors would have preferred a lower maximum limit, at least initially, and called on the Managing Director to exercise caution in this regard to limit portfolio risks. Also, some Directors would have favored a more limited expansion into new asset classes, while recognizing that the proposed approach is consistent with general practices at other international financial institutions.

Directors agreed to broaden the permissible currency universe and allow investments in non-SDR basket currencies for government and central bank fixed-income obligations. They also agreed that investments in such currencies should be subject to explicit ex ante criteria along the lines set out in the staff paper, and that non-SDR currency exposures should be hedged back into one of the currencies of the SDR basket. A few Directors were skeptical of the merits of permitting investments denominated in non-SDR currencies, noting also the added complexity and hedging costs associated with such investments.

Directors supported the proposed arrangements for addressing operational and implementation issues. They called for moving swiftly on the work required for implementing the new investment strategy.

Directors agreed that current governance arrangements for the Fund’s investment activities are robust and appropriately address potential and actual conflicts of interest. They also underscored that Directors should be informed of developments in the Investment Account at least annually, and more frequently as warranted by market or other developments.

BUFF/15/78

September 2, 2015

Review of the Investment Strategy for the Fixed-Income Subaccount of the Investment Account—Amendment to Rules and Regulations

The Rules and Regulations for the Investment Account, adopted under Executive Board Decision No. 15314-(13/6), January 23, 2013, as amended, are further amended as set forth in the Annex to this Decision. (SM/15/210, Sup. 1, 08/31/15)

Decision No. 15857-(15/82),

August 31, 2015,

as amended by Decision No. 16040-(16/75),

July 29, 2016

Annex. Rules and Regulations for the Investment Account

I. General Provisions

Objective of the Investment Account

1. The objective of the Investment Account (IA) is to provide a vehicle for the investment of a part of the Fund’s assets so as to generate income that may be used to meet the expenses of conducting the business of the Fund. Achieving this objective would help diversify the sources and increase the level of the Fund’s income, thereby strengthening its finances over time.

Sources of Investment Account Assets

2. The IA may be funded with: (a) currencies transferred from the General Resources Account (GRA) in accordance with Article XII, Section 6(f)(ii) of the Articles; (b) the placement of profits from the sale of pre-Second Amendment gold in accordance with Article V, Section 12(g) of the Articles, in amounts up to the total amount of the Fund’s general and special reserves at the time of any decision authorizing such transfers; (c) the transfer of profits from the sale of post-Second Amendment gold in accordance with Article V, Section 12(k) of the Articles; and (d) income from the IA investment that is not transferred to the General Resources Account to meet the expenses of the Fund (Article XII, Section 6(f)(iv)).

Investment Account Subaccounts

3. The IA shall have a Fixed-Income Subaccount and an Endowment Subaccount, each of which has its own investment objective and shall be managed in accordance with Sections I and II, and I and III, respectively, of these Rules and Regulations (Rules).

4. Transfers of assets between subaccounts may be made with the approval of the Executive Board.

Responsibilities of the Managing Director

5. The Managing Director is responsible for implementing the investment policies for the IA set out in these Rules.

6. In carrying out the Managing Director’s responsibilities, the Managing Director shall (a) establish effective decision-making and oversight arrangements; (b) take the necessary measures, including the adoption of policies and procedures, that seek to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest; and (c) establish specific risk control measures and put in place mechanisms to monitor their observance by asset managers.

7. The Managing Director shall consult with the Executive Board regarding (a) the key conflict of interest policies and arrangements in the Managing Director’s responsibility referred to in paragraph 6, and (b) the key aspects of the investment strategy for the actively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount referred to in paragraph 29 of these Rules.

8. The Managing Director shall provide annual reports to the Executive Board on the investment activities of the IA. Ad hoc reports shall be prepared as warranted by market or other developments.

External Managers

9. All assets of the IA shall be managed by external managers, except as otherwise set forth in these Rules. The Managing Director shall only select external managers of the highest professional standards, in particular excellent compliance records, strong market reputation, and with sound investment processes.

Custody Arrangements

10. The assets of the IA shall be held in safekeeping by one or more custodian banks or the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The custodian(s) shall hold the assets of the IA in safekeeping, periodically value the assets held, and hold and invest short-term residual cash balances.

Use of Investment Account Income

11. The income from investment shall be invested, retained in the IA or used to meet the expenses of conducting the business of the Fund. The Fund shall decide on the use of the IA’s income for each financial year, including whether any portion of such income will be transferred to the GRA for use in meeting the expenses of conducting the business of the Fund, provided that income generated from the Endowment Subaccount shall not be used in meeting the expenses of conducting the business of the Fund pending the completion of the phasing period for the passively-managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount specified in paragraph 37.

Termination or Reduction of the Investment Account

12. The IA shall be terminated in the event of a liquidation of the Fund and may be terminated, or the amount of the investment may be reduced, prior to the liquidation of the Fund, by a 70 percent majority of the total voting power. The procedures specified in Article XII, Sections 6(f)(vii), (viii) and (ix) of the Articles will apply in the event of the termination of the IA or a reduction in its assets. The Fund’s decision to reduce investments in the IA shall specify the subaccount from which assets shall be used to fund a reduction in investments.

Audit

13. The assets of the IA shall be audited by the Fund’s external auditors and included in the Fund’s annual financial statements.

Review of the Rules and Conflict of Interest Policies

14. The Executive Board shall review these Rules and the Fund’s relevant conflict of interest policies by January 2018, and at least every five years thereafter.

I. Fixed-Income Subaccount

Investment Objective

15. With a view of generating income while protecting the Fund’s balance sheet, the investment objective of the Fixed-Income Subaccount is to achieve investment returns in SDR terms that exceed the month SDR interest rate over time while minimizing the frequency and extent of negative returns and underperformance over an investment horizon of three to four years.

Asset Allocation and Tranches

16. (a) The Fixed-Income Subaccount shall consist of two tranches, a shorter-duration Tranche 1 and a longer-duration Tranche 2.

(b) Tranche 1 assets shall be managed actively against a 0–3 year government bond benchmark index, weighted to reflect the currency composition of the SDR basket. The Managing Director shall establish in the investment management agreements the permitted degree of active management against the benchmark. Eligible asset classes for Tranche 1 are Group 1 and Group 2 asset classes as defined in paragraph 17 below.

(c) Tranche 2 assets shall be managed according to a buy-and-hold investment approach against a 0–5 year government bond benchmark index, weighted to reflect the currency composition of the SDR basket, subject to subparagraph (e) below. Eligible asset classes for Tranche 2 are Group 1 assets as defined in paragraph 17 below.

(d) The allocation of assets to Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 shall be as follows:

  • (i) Fixed-Income Subaccount assets managed by external managers as of [date of Board Decision] shall be placed to Tranche 1, while Medium-Term Instruments (MTI) issued by the BIS and held by the Fixed-Income Subaccount on that date shall be placed to Tranche 2.

  • (ii) Asset transfers between Tranche 1 and Tranche 2, and the allocation to Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 of future inflows to, outflows from, the Fixed-Income Subaccount shall be determined by the Managing Director, provided that any transfers from the GRA to the Fixed-Income Subaccount attributed to net income for Financial Years 2014 and 2015 shall be placed to Tranches 1 and 2 in the same proportion as the assets in the account on [date of Board Decision].

(e) The assets in Tranche 2 shall be phased over a five-year period, with the specific modalities of the phasing to be determined by the Managing Director. The phasing may be suspended or extended up to one year in case of exceptional market conditions.

Eligible Investments

17. (a) “Group 1 asset classes” shall be limited to:

  • i. fixed-income securities issued by national governments of members or their central banks;

  • ii. fixed-income securities issued by national agencies of the members whose currencies are in the SDR basket, provided that such securities are included in, or are securities of the same general type issued by the same issuer that are included in, fixed-income national agencies benchmark indices selected by the Managing Director;

  • iii. fixed-income securities issued by international financial institutions; and

  • iv. obligations issued by the BIS, including without limitation deposits with the BIS and MTIs;

all of which shall be denominated in SDR or the currencies included in the SDR basket.

(b) Group 2 asset classes shall be limited to:

  • i. fixed-income securities issued by national governments of members or their central banks denominated in non-SDR currencies selected by the Managing Director or, upon the authorization by the Managing Director, by external managers, provided that any currency selection shall be based on ex ante criteria determined by the Managing Director;

  • ii. fixed-income securities denominated in SDR or the currencies included in the SDR basket, comprising: (A) securities issued by subnational governments; (B) mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities; (C) covered bonds; and (D) short-dated unsecured corporate bonds; provided that such securities are included in, or are securities of the same general type of the same issuers that are included in, fixed-income benchmark indices selected by the Managing Director; and

  • iii. cash instruments with maturities of one year or less, that are denominated in SDR or the currencies included in the SDR basket, including: (A) time deposits; (B) certificates of deposit; (C) commercial paper; and (D) reverse repurchase agreements collateralized with fixed-income securities that are issued by national governments of members or their central banks and denominated in SDR or the currencies included in the SDR basket.

18. Up to the maximum 35 percent of the total value of the Fixed-Income Subaccount asset may be invested in Group 2 asset classes, and the breach of this limit shall require prompt action to bring the Fixed-Income Subaccount back within the established limit.

19. In addition to investing in Groups 1 and 2 asset classes, the Fixed-Income Subaccount may temporarily hold uninvested cash balances, including in the custodian bank(s)’ short-term instruments.

20. The Fixed-Income Subaccount may not hold any ineligible investment, and any eligible investment that becomes ineligible shall be divested within three months.

Minimum Credit Rating

21. Assets in which the Fixed-Income Subaccount invests, except MTIs, deposits with the BIS and other obligations issued by the BIS, or uninvested cash balances, shall be subject to a minimum credit rating by at least one of the major credit-rating agencies equivalent to A (based on Standard & Poor’s long-term rating scale). If the rating threshold is breached, assets shall be divested within three months from the rating downgrade. In cases where an asset is not directly rated, the Managing Director may determine whether a credit rating may be inferred for such asset in a manner that is consistent with market practice. The Managing Director may also establish higher credit ratings for eligible individual asset classes.

Investment Management Arrangements

22. The assets of the Fixed-Income Subaccount shall be managed by external managers within mandates established by the Managing Director, provided that assets may also be invested by the Managing Director in obligations issued by the BIS, in accordance with these Rules. In addition to the requirements under paragraph 9 of these Rules, in selecting managers for the Fixed-Income Subaccount’s actively managed assets, the Managing Director shall take into account their proven skills and track record in generating excess returns after fees. The Managing Director is authorized to manage Fixed-Income Subaccount assets on an interim basis where this is necessary following the termination of a manager and pending the transfer of the assets to a new manager.

Prohibited Investment Activities

23. Short selling and any form of financial leverage are not permitted for the Fixed-Income Subaccount. Hedging and derivative instruments, including options, forwards, futures and swaps, are only allowed for operations authorized under these Rules.

Currency Hedging and Derivatives

24. The exchange rate risk for eligible investments denominated in non-SDR currencies shall be hedged back into SDR basket currencies with the objective to preserve the Fixed-Income Subaccount’s SDR basket composition. Currency hedging may be used for SDR basket replication or for achieving overall currency exposure in line with SDR basket.

25. Currency and interest rate derivatives may be used for managing interest rate and currency risks, or reducing costs in the context of portfolio duration adjustments and portfolio balancing.

II. Endowment Subaccount

Investment Objective

26. The investment objective of the Endowment Subaccount is to achieve a long-term real return target of 3 percent in U.S. dollar terms. This is consistent with the objective of generating investment returns to contribute to the Fund’s income, while preserving the long-term real value of these resources. The subaccount’s real return shall be calculated by using the deflator that is used for purposes of the Fund’s administrative budget, the Global External Deflator (GED), provided that the U.S. consumer price index (US CPI) component of the GED shall be adjusted to use the actual US CPI instead of the projected US CPI.

Strategic Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy

27. No less than 90 percent of the Endowment Subaccount assets shall be managed passively (the “passively managed portion”) under mandates that require the external managers to closely track benchmark indices selected by the Managing Director, with up to 10 percent of the Endowment Subaccount assets managed actively in accordance with paragraph 29 below (the “actively managed portion”).

28. The passively managed portion shall be invested pursuant to the following strategic asset allocation (SAA) benchmark: 20 percent in developed market sovereign bonds; 20 percent in developed market inflation-linked bonds; 15 percent in developed market corporate bonds; 10 percent in emerging market bonds; 25 percent in developed market equities; 5 percent in emerging market equities; and 5 percent in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

29. The actively managed portion may be invested only in the same asset classes as the SAA benchmark for the passively managed portion, with a 65 percent share of fixed-income instruments and a 35 percent share for equities (including REITs) and a permitted maximum deviation of ±15 percentage points for each category, but no specific allocation requirements for each asset class within these two categories. The Managing Director, in consultation with the Executive Board, shall determine the investment strategy and investment arrangements for the actively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount, including the selection criteria and risk parameters for external managers, benchmark indices, the scope and instruments for currency hedging, the phasing of the actively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount, policy bands and rebalancing procedures, and additional key measures to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

30. The asset allocation benchmarks for both the passively and actively managed portions above shall not apply to temporary holdings of cash, bank deposits or short-term investments in cash instruments.

Rebalancing of the Passively Managed Portion

31. The passively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount shall be rebalanced to the SAA benchmark (a) annually, either in the context of implementing the Fund’s annual income disposition decisions or, absent such disposition decisions affecting the Endowment Subaccount, at end-July of each year, and (b) when the actual weight of any of the asset classes of developed-market sovereign bonds, developed-market corporate bonds, developed-market inflation-linked bonds or developed-market equities deviates by more than 8 percentage points from the SAA benchmark, or by more than 4 percentage points for any of the asset classes of emerging market bonds, emerging market equities, and REITs. A scheduled annual rebalancing under (a) shall not take place (i) if a rebalancing under (b) is completed within three months prior to that scheduled annual rebalancing, or (ii) during the phasing of initial investments set out in paragraph 37 of these Rules, provided that during this period each manager shall rebalance the portfolio under its management to the SAA benchmark at the time of each funding inflow.

Prohibited Investment Activities

32. Short selling and any form of financial leverage as well as direct investments in gold are not permitted for the Endowment Subaccount. Derivative instruments, including options, forwards, futures and swaps, are allowed for the passively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount only for hedging operations authorized under these Rules and Regulations or to minimize transaction costs in the context of subaccount rebalancing, and benchmark replication. For the actively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount, derivatives may be used as determined by the Managing Director and subject to adequate risk control parameters.

Currency Hedging

33. The exchange rate risk for fixed-income instruments denominated in developed market currencies vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar shall be hedged for the passively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount. Permitted hedging instruments include, but are not limited to, currency forwards, futures, swaps, and options. Currency hedging is not permitted for other assets of the passively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount. Hedging by external managers of the actively managed portion of the subaccount is permitted, but not required, as determined by the Managing Director in accordance with paragraph 29 above.

Minimum Credit Ratings for Bonds and Divestment

34. The Endowment Subaccount shall only invest in bonds that have the following minimum credit ratings by a major credit rating agency: for sovereign bonds, a rating equivalent to BBB+ (based on Standard & Poor’s rating scale); and, for corporate bonds, a rating equivalent to BBB-(based on Standard & Poor’s rating scale). If the respective rating threshold is breached, assets shall be divested within three months from the rating downgrade. In cases where a bond is not directly rated, the Managing Director may determine whether a credit rating may be inferred for such bond in a manner that is consistent with market practice. The Managing Director may also establish higher credit ratings for eligible individual asset classes.

Investment Management Arrangements

35. The assets of the Endowment Subaccount shall be managed by external managers within mandates established by the Managing Director in accordance with these Rules. The Managing Director is authorized to manage Endowment Subaccount assets (a) during the phasing of the Endowment Subaccount in accordance with paragraph 37 of these, and (b) on an interim basis where this is necessary following the termination of a manager and pending the transfer of the assets to a new manager.

36. In addition to the requirement under paragraph 9 of these Rules, in selecting managers for passively-managed assets, the Managing Director shall take into account their ability to replicate selected benchmarks with minimal tracking error and cost, and in selecting managers for actively managed assets, their proven skills and track record in generating excess returns after fees.

Phasing of Initial Investments

37. The investment of the passively managed portion of the Endowment Subaccount shall be phased over a three-year period, with equal amounts to be made available to external managers for investment at quarterly intervals. In case of exceptional market conditions, the Managing Director may decide to suspend the phasing or extend this period by up to one year, and to adjust the quarterly installments accordingly. With respect to the actively managed portion, the phasing of investments shall be decided in the context of the investment strategy in accordance with paragraph 29 of these Rules. Pending investment in accordance with the Rules for the passively and actively managed portions of the Endowment Subaccount, the assets of the Endowment Subaccount shall be invested in obligations issued by the BIS with the investment objective to preserve nominal capital while generating income.

Review of the Fund’s Income Position for FY 2016 and FY 2017-2018—Transfer of Investment Income for FY 2016 to General Resources Account

The income of the Fixed-Income Subaccount of the Investment Account for FY 2016 shall be transferred to the General Resources Account for use in meeting the expenses of conducting the business of the Fund during FY 2016.

Decision No. 15977-(16/33),

April 22, 2016

Review of the Fund’s Income Position for FY 2016 and FY 2017-2018—Placement of FY 2016 Net Income of the General Resources Account to the Special Reserve and General Reserve

The net income of the General Resources Account for FY 2016 shall be placed in equal parts to the Fund’s Special Reserve and General Reserve.

Decision No. 15978-(16/33),

April 22, 2016

Review of the Fund’s Income Position for FY 2016 and FY 2017-2018—Transfer of Currencies to the Investment Account for FY 2016

Pursuant to Article XII, Section 6(f)(ii) of the Articles of Agreement, the Fund shall transfer from the General Resources Account to the Investment Account currencies in an amount equivalent to the difference between the Fund’s general and special reserves as of April 30, 2016 and the cumulative amount of previous transfers of currencies from the General Resources Account to the Investment Account. This transfer of currencies to the Investment Account shall be effected in the context of the Financial Transactions Plan covering the period August-October 2016. The currencies transferred to the Investment Account pursuant to this decision shall be used for immediate investment in the Fixed Income Subaccount in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Investment Account.

Decision No. 15979-(16/33),

April 22, 2016

The Acting Chair’s Summing Up—Broadening the Fund’s Investment Mandate—Additional Considerations Executive Board Meeting 12/60, June 20, 2012

Executive Directors welcomed the opportunity to continue the discussion on implementing the Fund’s expanded investment authority through an endowment funded from the profits of limited gold sales. They broadly supported the proposed investment strategy and governance framework, and generally considered them adequate to reduce the main risks of actual or perceived conflicts of interest. Directors emphasized the need to move expeditiously to complete the remaining implementation issues this year.

Directors underscored that, given the Fund’s central role in promoting global financial stability, strong protection against actual or perceived conflicts of interest involving the Fund’s investment activities is critical. They agreed that the mitigating factors taken into account in the lead-up to approval of the new income model in 2008, including those identified in the context of an independent external review, remain valid to address conflicts of interest. In particular, Directors supported the proposed clear separation of responsibilities between the Executive Board, management, and external managers, as well as the exclusion of certain investment activities that by their very nature would be more susceptible to the appearance of conflict. They noted that the steps laid out in SM/12/111, including the outsourcing of specific investment decisions to external managers and the largely passive investment strategy, would further help prevent conflicts of interest.

Directors acknowledged that the 3 percent real return target, which had been endorsed by most Directors in the previous discussion, would be difficult to achieve in the near to medium term, given historically low yields on highly-rated government bonds. Nevertheless, and noting the long horizon of the endowment, most Directors considered it appropriate to retain long-term capital market assumptions to guide portfolio design, although a few were of the view that adopting a lower target for real return would be more prudent. Directors continued to support a strategic asset allocation along the lines of the “conservative diversified portfolio.” They noted that the return target and the strategic asset allocation could be revisited in the future, with a few calling for more frequent reviews than the envisaged 3-5 years. Differing views were expressed with respect to allocation across asset classes and geographical diversification based on risk-return considerations. On balance, however, most Directors considered that the proposed portfolio provides a reasonable basis for initiating the endowment, and could be adapted over time in light of experience and evolving market developments.

Directors agreed that the endowment’s investment program should be phased in over a sufficiently long period of time to mitigate the risk of short-term losses. With a view to building a cushion and preserving the real value of the endowment, Directors also saw merit in a conservative approach to payouts in the early stages of implementing the endowment, and looked forward to further staff work in this area. A number of Directors pointed to the possibility of delaying the initiation of payouts if warranted.

As regards implementation arrangements for the investment strategy, Directors agreed that the endowment should build on the current approach used for the Investment Account. They supported using external managers with a mandate to track widely available benchmarks or, where warranted, appropriately customized benchmarks. Most Directors also supported active management for a very limited portion of the portfolio in cases of clear opportunities to add value, noting that this could also facilitate the evolution of the Fund’s investment approach over time. While a few cautioned against taking such an approach at this stage, a few others saw scope for more active investment strategies. In order to ensure that the portfolio remains within the broad risk parameters to be adopted by the Board, Directors broadly supported a mechanistic, rules-based rebalancing of the portfolio to the strategic asset allocation. Most Directors supported the proposed policy bands that would trigger a portfolio rebalancing, although a few Directors preferred narrower bands and asked that staff revisit the width of the proposed bands.

Directors broadly supported the governance framework proposed in the staff paper, which builds on the current institutional arrangements. They agreed that the Board would continue to focus on strategic aspects of the Investment Account portfolios, determining their overall purpose, the strategic parameters for their operations, and reviewing regular financial reports for the Investment Account. With respect to the endowment portfolio, the Board would also determine its key strategic direction, including by setting its base currency and return target, strategic asset allocation and eligible and ineligible asset classes, and its spending policy. A few Directors called for greater Board engagement in the initial stages. A few Directors also saw merit in creating a Board-level committee to help the Board in the discharge of these duties.

Directors agreed that management would continue to have responsibility for implementing the strategy established by the Executive Board. Most also saw merit in management’s establishment of an Investment Oversight Committee, with day-to-day responsibility left to the Investment Unit in the Finance Department. Some Directors encouraged the Fund to draw from the experiences of the Investment Office, which manages the Staff Retirement Plan.

Directors looked forward to staff proposals on the remaining strategic implementation issues, including the base currency of the endowment, the scope for currency hedging, the phasing of initial investments, the payout policy, and a possible minimum credit rating threshold. These and other relevant considerations should be embedded expeditiously into a proposal for new Rules and Regulations for the expanded investment authority of the Investment Account.

BUFF/12/75

June 27, 2012

Use of Gold Sales Profits in the Investment Account

The Executive Board approves the exclusion of gold sales profits from the 1-3 year benchmark applied to the Investment Account, as set out in paragraph 16 of EBS/12/105 (8/7/2012). (EBS/12/105, 08/07/12)

Decision No. 15223-(12/82),

August 14, 2012

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