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Chief investment officer – definition and meaning

A chief investment officer or CIO is a board-level executive who is head of investments within an organization. The chief investment officer may also be head of an institution’s investment portfolio. The CIO is in charge of a team that manages and monitors investments.

The initials CIO may also mean chief information officer or chief investment office.

Investment refers to the use of resources to make more money. We also use investments to bring income and other future benefits.

The chief investment officer is responsible for managing and supervising investment activity, placing investment orders, and managing pension investments. The CIO also maintains good investor relations and works with external analysts. The CIO’s team develops short- and long-term investment policies.

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Chief investment officers used to work just in large corporations. However, the position is becoming more common in medium-sized firms.

The CIO also reports portfolio performance to directors and other executives.

The chief investment officer typically works with the chief financial officer (CFO). Many report directly to the chief executive officer (CEO). They provide regular updates on the status of the corporation’s investment activities.

Good CIOs have two main functions. First, they must achieve a return; second, they have to manage risk levels. In fact, focusing on both roles often creates conflicts.

Chief investment officer at universities

CIOs are often part of the leadership of colleges and universities, especially those that make investments. College investments bring in income to maintain scholarships, campuses, and other important functions.

Chief investment officers advise the university’s board members. They also advise other officers regarding the current status of the institution’s investment portfolio. Additionally, CIOs make recommendations on any changes to the portfolio that they think the college should make.

According to Ohio State University, the Chief Investment Officer has the following duties and responsibilities:

– Establishing and maintaining a financial and operational processing environment. This environment should focus on ethical standards and appropriate internal controls.

– Advising the President, Development and Investments Committee, and Senior Vice President for Business and Finance. They advise these people on the university’s investment portfolio and its performance.

– Maintaining an investment manager search process to make sure best use is being made of staff. They should also make sure that staff selection is good.

– Establishing relationships within the global investment community. Above all, the CIO must ensure that the institution has access to top research and managers.

According to the Financial Times Lexicon:

“A chief investment officer, or CIO, is the head of an institution’s investment portfolio who is responsible for overseeing a staff of professionals that manage and monitor investments.”

Video – Meet a CIO

In this video, Sunil Singhania talks about his job as a chief investment officer.