18. The SWF’s investment policy should be clear and consistent with its defined objectives, risk tolerance, and investment strategy, as set by the owner or the governing body(ies), and be based on sound portfolio management principles.
18.1. The investment policy should guide the SWF’s financial risk exposures and the possible use of leverage.
18.2. The investment policy should address the extent to which internal and/or external investment managers are used, the range of their activities and authority, and the process by which they are selected and their performance monitored.
18.3. A description of the investment policy of the SWF should be publicly disclosed.
The investment policy and guidelines for the management of the Pula Fund are underpinned by the objectives of preserving the purchasing power of assets, maintaining liquidity at all times and maximising return within acceptable risk parameters.
Periodically, the entire investment strategy and strategic asset allocation are subjected to a review and all investments, both internally and externally managed, are done in accordance with investment guidelines approved by the Board in consultation with the MFDP. This consultation process ensures that the owner’s risk tolerance and investment objectives are reflected in the agreed investment strategy.
The investment strategy does not allow the use of leverage and places emphasis on the application of sound risk management practices.
The Pula Fund is invested using both internal and external managers with specific guidelines and precise benchmarks for the measurement and assessment of investment performance. The global custodian assists with performance data, which are reconciled with external fund managers and subjected to performance attribution analysis. Furthermore, an external portfolio consultant assists in the monitoring of the externally managed funds.
On a quarterly basis, the performance report is submitted to the Board for monitoring and any remedial action that may be necessary.
The Bank’s investment policy is guided by key objectives of safety, liquidity and return. The details are contained in the Annual Report.