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  Agenda Item   6.    
Investment Advisory Committee
Meeting Date: 07/26/2021  
FROM: Bill Gallardo

Subject:
Investment Policy Guidelines for the City of Brea's Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust Fund
RECOMMENDATION
Review and approve the Investment Guidelines for the City's Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust Fund through Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS).
BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
At their May 5, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved the Investment Guidelines as presented for the City's OPEB Trust Program ("Plan") following the Investment Advisory Committee's recommendation of a Moderate Investment Objective. The below chart summarizes the Strategic Asset Allocation for the Moderate Investment Objective:
 
Strategic Asset Allocation Ranges
Cash Fixed Income Equity
0-20% 40%-60% 40%-60%
Policy: 5% Policy: 45% Policy: 50%

The goal of the Plan's investment program, as identified in the Investment Guidelines, is to provide a reasonable level of growth which will result in sufficient assets to pay the present and future obligations of the Plan. The following objectives are intended to assist in achieving this goal:
  • The Plan should seek to earn a return in excess of its policy benchmark over the life of the Plan; and
  • The Plan’s assets will be managed on a total return basis which takes into consideration both investment income and capital appreciation. While the Plan Sponsor recognizes the importance of preservation of capital, it also adheres to the principle that varying degrees of investment risk are generally rewarded with compensating returns. To achieve these objectives, the Plan Sponsor allocates its assets (asset allocation) with a strategic perspective of the capital markets.
The purpose of the guidelines are to:
  • Facilitate the process of ongoing communication between the Plan sponsor and its plan fiduciaries;
  • Confirm the Plan’s investment goals and objectives and management policies applicable to the investment portfolio identified below and obtained from the Plan sponsor;
  • Provide a framework to construct a well-diversified asset mix that can potentially be expected to meet the account’s investment needs that is consistent with the account’s investment objectives, liquidity considerations and risk tolerance;
  • Identify any unique considerations that may restrict or limit the investment discretion of its designated investment managers; and
  • Help maintain a long-term perspective when market volatility is caused by short-term market movements.
In light of the economic uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial contribution to this Plan was temporarily suspended.  The Plan currently has no assets and the City Council is anticipated to discuss an initial contribution at the Mid-Year Budget Update in February 2022.  Any initial contribution is recommended to be dollar cost averaged over a 12-month period based upon the Investment Advisory Committee recommendation discussed at the April 27, 2020 Investment Advisory Committee meeting.  

No changes are recommended as part of this annual 2021 review and attached is the draft Investment Policy Guidelines provided as Attachment A. 
FISCAL IMPACT/SUMMARY
There is no fiscal impact for approving the Investment Policy Guidelines.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by: Alicia Brenner, Senior Fiscal Analyst
Concurrence: Cindy Russell, Administrative Services Director
 
Attachments
Attachment A - Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust Fund Plan Investment Policy Guidelines

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