BCA investment policy
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BCA investment policy - November 2017
As at financial year end, 30 September 2017, the value of the accounts held with CCLA in their common investment fund was £30,060.64 (total money invested £20,000 between December 2011 and July 2013).
In the year to 30 September 2017:
The income units increased in value by 7.54%, that is £961.99, and a total of £465.24 was paid in dividends.
The accumulation units increased in value by 11.32%,that is £1,655.46.
For comparison, the FT SE index increased by 5.57% over the same time period.
Note: Money can be withdrawn from CCLA within a week usually.
BCA's investment policy had been to avoid the risks ofthe stock market and not use investment accounts, only deposit accounts for longer term funds.
However, in 2011 we benefitted from a legacy that was an unexpected financial bonus. The BCA can afford to tie up this windfall long term while benefitting from income generated from it and gaining capital growth, We needed an account that met our obligations as stated by the charity commission as follows.
The basic principle governing trustees' decisions about investing the BCA's funds is that they must take a prudent approach. When investing charitable funds trustees must seek to strike the right balance for the BCA between the two objectives of:
providing an income to help the BCA carry out its purposes effectively in the short term; and maintaining and, if possible, enhancing the value of the invested funds, so as to enable the BCA effectively to carry out its purposes in the longer term.
The BCA currently has a professional fundraiser and member led fundraising activities along with deposit accounts which provide income in the short term. A Common Investment Fund can provide more certainty for income in the long term.
The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer have investment powers delegated to them. When investing, these officers will look for the flexibility to invest for growth, income or both. A recent law commission report (number 315) shows the advantages of a multiple investment strategy.
Any investment would be planned to be for the medium to long term.
The investment performance will be measured against FTSE 100. Where underperformance is seen over a period of about 3 years then the officers will consider closing the account.
The investment will be reviewed annually along with this policy.
Original policy drawn up in October 2010: reviewed annually.
Signed and dated by 2 trustees on behalf of BCA
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