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  • Current

    Effective: 1 January, 2020
    Categories: Cash Flow
    Source: 2020 GIPS Standards

    Please provide clarification concerning what is and is not considered an external cash flow.

    When considering a portfolio, an external cash flow is capital (cash or investments) that enters or exits a portfolio. Expense payments are also considered external cash flows. Income receipts and transaction costs are not external cash flows. “External cash flow” may be defined by the firm as a single flow or an aggregate of a number of flows within a stated period of time. When considering sub-portfolios of a multiple asset portfolio, a manager-directed reallocation of assets between segments would be considered an external cash flow for that segment.  Firms need to differentiate how external cash flows are treated in gross-of-fees and net-of-fees return calculations.

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