CDA(LOCAL) - OTHER REVENUES: INVESTMENTS
The Superintendent or other person designated by Board resolution shall serve as the investment officer of the District and shall invest District funds as directed by the Board and in accordance with the District's written investment policy and generally accepted accounting procedures. All investment transactions except investment pool funds and mutual funds shall be settled on a delivery versus payment basis.
Approved Investment Instruments
From those investments authorized by law and described further in CDA(LEGAL) under Authorized Investments, the Board shall permit investment of District funds, including bond proceeds and pledged revenue to the extent allowed by law, in only the following investment types, consistent with the strategies and maturities defined in this policy:
Obligations of, or guaranteed by, governmental entitiesas permitted by Government Code 2256.009.
Certificates of deposit and share certificates as permitted by Government Code 2256.010.
Fully collateralized repurchase agreements permitted by Government Code 2256.011.
A securities lending program as permitted by Government Code 2256.0115.
Banker's acceptances as permitted by Government Code 2256.012.
Commercial paper as permitted by Government Code 2256.013.
No-load mutual funds, except for bond proceeds, and no-load money market mutual funds as permitted by Government Code 2256.014.
A guaranteed investment contract as an investment vehicle for bond proceeds, provided it meets the criteria and eligibility requirements established by Government Code 2256.015.
Public funds investment pools as permitted by Government Code 2256.016.
The primary goal of the investment program is to ensure safety of principal, to maintain liquidity, and to maximize financial returns within current market conditions in accordance with this policy. Investments shall be made in a manner that ensures the preservation of capital in the overall portfolio, and offsets during a 12-month period any market price losses resulting from interest-rate fluctuations by income received from the balance of the portfolio. No individual investment transaction shall be undertaken that jeopardizes the total capital position of the overall portfolio.
In accordance with Government Code 2256.005(b)(3), the quality and capability of investment management for District funds shall be in accordance with the standard of care, investment training, and other requirements set forth in Government Code Chapter 2256.
Liquidity and Maturity
To meet the investment objectives of the District, the maturity of investments shall be targeted to coincide with the cash flow needs of the District.
Any internally created pool fund group of the District shall have a maximum dollar weighted maturity of 180 days. Assets of the District shall be invested in instruments whose maturities do not exceed two years from the time of purchase, with the exception of the capital projects fund, which shall be invested in instruments whose maturities do not exceed the anticipated cash flow requirements of the capital projects at the time of purchase. Under no circumstances shall investments be purchased with maturities greater than three years for capital projects.
The Board may specifically authorize a longer maturity for a given investment, within legal limits.
The investment portfolio shall be diversified to reduce the risk of loss of investment income from overconcentration of assets in a specific issue, a specific issue size, specific maturity, or a specific class of securities.
Nevertheless, the District recognizes that in a diversified portfolio, occasional measured losses are inevitable and must be considered within the context of the overall portfolio's investment return. Also, it is intended that investments in all funds shall be managed in such a way that any market price losses resulting from interest-rate volatility shall be offset by income received from the balance of the portfolio during a 12-month period.
Monitoring Market Prices
The investment officer shall monitor the investment portfolio and shall keep the Board informed of significant changes in the market value of the District's investment portfolio. Information sources may include financial/investment publications and electronic media, available software for tracking investments, depository banks, commercial or investment banks, financial advisers, and representatives/advisers of investment pools or money market funds. Monitoring shall be done at least quarterly, as required by law, and more often as economic conditions warrant by using appropriate reports, indices, or benchmarks for the type of investment.
Monitoring Rating Changes
In accordance with Government Code 2256.005(b), the investment officer shall develop a procedure to monitor changes in investment ratings and to liquidate investments that do not maintain satisfactory ratings.
Funds / Strategies
Investments of the following fund categories shall be consistent with this policy and in accordance with the applicable strategy defined below. All strategies described below for the investment of a particular fund should be based on an understanding of the suitability of an investment to the financial requirements of the District and consider preservation and safety of principal, liquidity, marketability of an investment if the need arises to liquidate before maturity, diversification of the investment portfolio, and yield.
Investment strategies for general funds shall have as their primary objectives preservation and safety of principal, investment liquidity, and maturity sufficient to meet anticipated cash flow requirements.
Trust and Custodial Funds
Investment strategies for trust and custodial funds shall have as their primary objectives preservation and safety of principal, investment liquidity, and maturity sufficient to meet anticipated cash flow requirements.
Debt Service Funds
Investment strategies for debt service funds shall have as their primary objective sufficient investment liquidity to meet cash flow needs. Assets may be invested in maturities exceeding one year but not to exceed two years.
Investment strategies for enterprise funds shall have as their primary objectives preservation and safety of principal, investment liquidity, and maturity sufficient to meet anticipated cash flow requirements.
Capital Project Fund
Investment strategies for the capital project fund shall have as their primary objectives preservation and safety of principal, investment liquidity, and maturity sufficient to meet anticipated cash flow requirements.
Safekeeping and Custody
The District shall retain clearly marked receipts providing proof of the District's ownership. The District may delegate, however, to an investment pool the authority to hold legal title as custodian of investments purchased with District funds by the investment pool.
Sellers of Investments
Prior to handling investments on behalf of the District, a broker/dealer or qualified representative of a business organization must submit required written documents in accordance with law. [See Sellers of Investments, CDA(LEGAL)]
Representatives of brokers/dealers shall be registered with the Texas State Securities Board, must have membership in the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) and be in good standing with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Soliciting Bids for CDs
In order to get the best return on its investments, the District may solicit bids for certificates of deposit in writing, by telephone, or electronically, or by a combination of these methods.
Interest Rate Risk
To reduce exposure to changes in interest rates that could adversely affect the value of investments, the District shall use final and weighted-average-maturity limits and diversification.
The District shall monitor interest rate risk using weighted average maturity and specific identification.
A system of internal controls shall be documented in writing. Also, they shall be designed to prevent losses of public funds arising from fraud, employee error, misrepresentation by third parties, unanticipated changes in financial markets, or imprudent actions by employees and officers of the District. Controls deemed most important shall include:
Control of collusion.
Separation of duties.
Separation of transaction authority from accounting and recordkeepingand electronic transfer of funds.
Avoidance of bearer-form securities.
Clear delegation of authority.
Specific limitations regarding securities losses.
Written confirmation of telephone transactions.
A limited number of authorized investment officials.
Documentation of transactions and strategies.
In conjunction with the annual financial audit, the District shall perform a compliance audit of management controls on investments and adherence to the District's established investment policies.
At least annually, the Board shall review the local investment policy and investment strategies, document the review in writing, and record any changes made.