16: Guiding Principles of Effective Investment Policies

Course Description

Learn the core principles and underlying purposes for Investment Policy creation and implementation. Students will also observe best practices for beneficial use.


1: Determine the purpose of the policy to focus the writing process.

2: Adopt a policy framework based on accepted practices of prudent investors in similar organizations.

3: Develop a policy philosophy based on the risk tolerance and return objectives of your organization.

4: Specify roles and responsibilities of individuals in the organization associated with managing or monitoring the investment portfolio(s).


$995 for students, governments and non-profits

$1650 for corporate and for-profit entities

Group pricing for teams of 5 or more

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Course Requirements


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Program Level


Field of Study

Specialized Knowledge & Applications

Credit Hours


Course Instructor

Mark Wickard

Managing Director - Investments, Oppenheimer & Co


Mark Wickard is a Managing Director - Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in the East Lansing, MI office. Mark brings over 30 years of experience and joined the Firm from Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was the head of the Credit Union Asset Strategy Group. Mark works with credit unions all over the country and is helping make a difference through his "education first" approach. With Education as the core foundation of everything he does - his clients become forward thinkers, informed buyers and sellers, and they better comprehend the nuances of investment strategies employed - and therefore are able to keep their Boards more informed, educated and prepared for regulatory overview and audits. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and earned his J.D. from the Thomas Cooley Law School.

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