The primary objectives, in priority order, of investment activities shall be safety, liquidity, and return.
   (A)   Safety.
      (1)   Credit risk. The town will minimize credit risk, which is the risk of loss due to the failure of the § 33.20.
      (2)   Interest rate risk. The town will minimize interest rate risk, which is the risk that the market value of securities in the portfolio will fall due to changes in market interest rates, by structuring the investment portfolio so that securities mature to meet cash requirements for ongoing operations, thereby avoiding the need to sell securities prior to maturity.
   (B)   Liquidity. The investment portfolio shall remain sufficiently liquid to meet all operating requirements that may be reasonably anticipated. This is accomplished by structuring the portfolio so that the securities mature concurrent with cash needs to meet anticipated demands. Furthermore, since all possible cash demands cannot be anticipated, a portion of the portfolio may be placed in money market mutual funds or government investment pools which offer same day liquidity for short-term funds.
   (C)   Yield. The investment portfolio shall be designed with the objective of attaining a market rate of return throughout budgetary and economic cycles, taking into account the investment risk constraints and liquidity needs. Return on investment is of secondary importance compared to the safety and liquidity objectives described above. The core of investments are limited to relatively low risk securities in anticipation of earning a fair return relative to the risk being assumed.
(Ord. 2014-012, passed - - )