Madison Asset offers asset management services to institutions that have liquid investments but are unable to manage these investments on a day to day basis.
The client appoints a custodian who holds the assets on their behalf and then appoints Madison Asset as the fund manager to oversee the day to day management of the investments.
The product line is intended to take the burden of day to day management of investment from corporates whose key mandate is to offer other types of products/services but have little expertise in investment management.
- At the beginning of the engagement, the fund manager in consultation with the client will prepare an Investment Policy Statement which will act as the blueprint for investing client funds and will among other matters cover the risk profile of the investor, the return requirement of the investor, the time horizon of the investor and any other constraints or special considerations for the investor.
- This Investment Policy Statement will be reviewed every year to take account of changing investor needs.
- The Fund manager invests client funds in accordance with the specific investor’s Investment Policy Statement.
Monthly consultation with the client
- The fund manager provides the client with a monthly report showing the existing investments, the return achieved in the month and how this compares with agreed target return and the proposed investment for the coming month
- During this meeting, the investor will have an opportunity to make comments and suggestions on the achievements of the month and on the proposed investments for the coming month.
Monthly statement from the custodian
- In addition to the monthly report from the fund manager, the investor also receives a monthly statement from the custodian confirming that they are holding, on behalf of the investor, the investments that the fund manager has indicated in his report.
- The monthly statement from the custodian confirms to the investor that their assets are safe and do indeed exist.
- The investor has the freedom to query from the custodian to make any clarification on the monthly statement received.
Custodial account can be used for other investments
- It is important to note that the investor can move other investments into the custody account and that the custody account is not restricted to the specific investments that are managed by Madison Asset.
- Indeed, holding investments through a custody account has many benefits and is likely to be the way of the future.
Safety of investments
- Because the investments are held by a custody bank on behalf of the investor, they are safe and cannot be misappropriated. Further and unlike individuals, when doing investments like purchase of quoted stocks, the custodian will only pay the broker when they have received the stocks – this reduces the chance that money can be lost in the settlement process.
Professional investment management
- The daily management of investment is done by the fund manager who is highly competent, qualified and experienced and whose day to day job is to search for and monitor good investments and realize good returns.
Higher bargaining power by the fund manager when carrying out investments
- The fund manager has a higher bargaining power than an individual investor on account of the large sums of money under management. For example, commissions paid to stockbrokers are discounted while money invested in fixed deposits attracts better return.