Investment (Portfolio) Performance
Investment performance oversight is among a fund board’s key responsibilities. In addition to overseeing the adviser’s management of the fund consistent with the fund’s prospectus and other disclosures, this responsibility includes overseeing how well the adviser is investing and managing the portfolio, consistent with those disclosures. Successful performance is the shared goal of a fund’s shareholders, adviser, and board. The adviser manages the fund’s portfolio investments as part of its responsibilities under the advisory contract with the fund. The fund’s board oversees the adviser’s management of the portfolio pursuant to the directors’ fiduciary duties to the fund and their statutory responsibilities to annually review and approve continuation of the adviser’s contract with the fund under Section 15(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15(c) process).
Investment Performance Oversight by Fund Boards (pdf)
Board Oversight of Exchange-Traded Funds (pdf)
Fund Board Oversight of Risk Management (pdf)
Board Oversight of Target Retirement Date Funds
Board Oversight of Subadvisers (pdf)
Fund Names Rule Resource Center
IDC’s memos inform directors about important regulatory, legislative, and judicial developments. IDC also comments on proposals that could affect board responsibilities or shareholder interests. See below for recent comment letters and memos on selected topics.