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    Effective: 1 January, 2020
    Categories: Leverage/Derivatives
    Source: 2020 GIPS Standards

    Please provide an example for how to calculate a return for a portfolio that includes short futures.

    At the beginning of the period the portfolio consists of $90 long stocks, $10 margin deposited for futures and a short futures position of $90 notional value. At the end of the period the value of long stocks is $84 and notional value of futures is $83.60. Interest received from the deposited margin is $0.02. Total value of the portfolio changes from $100 (= $90 + $10) to $100.42 (= $84 + $10 + $90 – $83.60 + $0.02) and there are no external cash flows for the period.

    R = (100.42 – 100) / 100 = 0.42%

    Please also see the prior version