Texas Vernon’s Civil Statutes
Sec. § 12.04
Investment Counselors and Managers; Custodian of Assets


(a)

The board of trustees may employ professional investment counselors to advise and assist the board in the investment of the assets of the fund. The investment counseling service must be provided by a nationally known organization whose business functions include rendering continuous investment advisory service to public pension and retirement funds. The municipality may pay the entire cost of this counseling service. If not paid by the municipality, the cost may be paid from the assets of the fund.

(b)

The board of trustees shall appoint investment managers for the fund by contracting for professional investment services with one or more organizations, which may include a bank if it has a trust department, that are in the business of managing investments.

(c)

To be eligible for appointment under Subsection (b) of this section, an investment manager must be:

(1)

registered under the federal Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 801b-1 et seq.);

(2)

a bank as defined by that Act; or

(3)

an insurance company qualified to perform investment services under the laws of more than one state.

(d)

In a contract made under Subsection (b) of this section, the board shall specify any policies, requirements, or restrictions, including criteria for determining the quality of investments and for the use of standard rating services, that the board adopts for investments of the fund.

(e)

The municipality may pay all or part of the cost of professional investment management services under a contract under Subsection (b) of this section. Any cost not paid directly by the municipality is payable from assets of the fund.

(f)

The board of trustees may at any time and shall at frequent intervals monitor the investments made by any investment manager for the fund. The board may contract for professional evaluation services to fulfill this requirement.

(g)

The municipality may pay all or part of the cost of professional evaluation services under Subsection (f) of this section. Any cost not paid directly by the municipality is payable from assets of the fund.

(h)

The board may enter into an investment custody account agreement designating a state or national bank or a trust company as custodian for all assets allocated to or generated under the investment management contract.

(i)

Under the custody account agreement, the board of trustees shall require the designated custodian to perform the duties and assume the responsibilities for assets under the contract for which the agreement is established.

(j)

The municipality may pay all or part of the cost of services under a custody account agreement under Subsection (h) of this section. Any cost not paid directly by the municipality is payable from assets of the fund.

(k)

An investment manager other than a bank having a contract with the fund under Subsection (b) of this section may not be a custodian of any assets of the fund.

(l)

When demands of the fund require, the board shall withdraw from a custodian of fund assets money for use in paying benefits to members and other beneficiaries of the fund and for reasonable expenses of administering the fund, as approved by the board.
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