Investments

Fire & Police Members' Benefit Investment Fund

Includes the assets of the following plans:

  • Statewide Defined Benefit Plan,
  • Statewide Hybrid Plan - Defined Benefit Component,
  • Colorado Springs New Hire Pension Plan,
  • Statewide Death & Disability Plan,
  • Certain DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plans) which are not self-directed,
  • Certain SRA (Separate Retirement Account Plans) which are not self-directed.
  • Plus over 200 affiliated local "Old Hire" plans and Volunteer Fire pension plans.

 

Fire & Police Members' Self-Directed Investment Fund

(This link connects to the Fidelity Investments page. Fidelity Investments provides the record keeping and investment management services for this fund.)

This fund includes the assets of the following plans:

  • Statewide Money Purchase Plan
  • Statewide Hybrid Plan - Statewide Money Purchase Component,
  • FPPA 457 Deferred Compensation Plan,
  • Certain DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plans) which are self-directed.
  • Certain SRA (Separate Retirement Account) Plans which are self-directed.


Fire & Police Members' Benefit Investment Fund

We are committed to achieving our long-term investment objectives and to securing the benefits promised to our members.

Objectives
The overall investment objective of the Fund is to “balance and prudently manage the investment needs (risks and return) of all plans participating in the Fund, including the need to eliminate current unfunded liabilities and/or to protect surpluses."

 

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Overview
The Colorado Revised Statutes establish the authority of FPPA’s Board of Directors to invest the assets of the Fire & Police Members' Benefit Investment Fund (the Fund). In exercising its authority to invest and manage Fund assets, the Board is governed by the “Uniform Prudent Investor Act.” The Board’s investment objectives, policies and guidelines are outlined in the FPPA Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Investment staff and an outside consultant assist the Board in implementing its investment policies.

The Fire & Police Members' Benefit Investment Fund*

Includes the assets of the following plans:

  • Statewide Defined Benefit Plan,
  • Statewide Hybrid Plan - Defined Benefit Component,
  • Colorado Springs New Hire Pension Plan,
  • Statewide Death & Disability Plan,
  • Certain DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plans) which are not self-directed,
  • Plus over 200 affiliated local "Old Hire" plans and Volunteer Fire pension plans.

 

 

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Asset Allocation

Policy
Asset allocation is a risk management process utilized to determine an optimal long-term asset mix, with a high probability of achieving a specific set of investment objectives. Asset allocation is one of the Board’s most important decisions as studies have shown that asset allocation decisions explain more than 90% of long-term investment results. The Board views asset allocation as a strategic decision. A minimum of every two years, the Board conducts a formal asset allocation study to examine the return and risk expectations of several asset classes. The Board uses an optimization model to select a combination of assets designed to achieve the Fund’s long-term return objectives with an acceptable level of risk. The Board then sets specific asset allocation targets and ranges for each asset class.

As markets move over time, the actual asset allocation may deviate from the target allocation. If Fund assets are allowed to deviate too far from the target allocations, there is a risk that the portfolio will fail to meet the return objectives set by the Board. The Investment Staff will rebalance the portfolio when actual allocations fall outside the target ranges.

 

 

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Investment Strategy/Philosophy
The Fund’s investment horizon is long-term in nature and accordingly the Board bases its investment strategy on long-term investment trends. While all asset classes have good and bad years, the Fund does not attempt to “time” the market by moving assets into what appears to be the best performing asset class at the time. The investment climate is always uncertain and few investors can consistently predict which asset class will outperform in any given year. To reduce risk and stabilize total Fund returns, the Board constructs a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, cash, real estate, and non-traditional investments consistent with its long-term objective.

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