It’s been a long time now since I wanted to write my Investor Policy Statement (IPS). I just took some time over the last week to write it down completely.
So, what’s an IPS ? Basically, it’s a set of guidelines for your investing. It will state how you are going to invest and why. It should also state how you will react to some events.
Why would you need an IPS ? The reason is to keep you on the right path when a situation trigger. If you already though of the problem and the solution to it, you know how to react. You don’t need to be emotional about it. And emotions in investing are generally a bad thing.
I didn’t invent the concept! It’s an old thing. It was at first used between a portfolio manager and the client. This was helping the manager invest in the way the client wanted. Since I’m my portfolio manager, I’m doing this statement only between me and me. I was motivated to write my IPS after I read this post by Mr. Retire In Progress. He was himself motivated by another post by Physician On Fire. I would also recommend you read these two posts if you want more information on the subject.
If you want an example, you’ll find my Investor Policy Statement just below. Keep in mind that every IPS is different and should be made for your own situation and goals. So let’s delve into my own IPS.