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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 January, 2014 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Error Correction
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    We realized that a portfolio had been included in the wrong composite for the past five years. We have corrected the portfolio’s composite assignment and recalculated the composite’s returns and related disclosures. We present both gross-of-fees and net-of-fees returns in our compliant presentation. Although the annual composite gross-of-fees returns changed by an immaterial amount for each year, the composite’s net-of-fees annual returns changed quite a bit because this account was a non-fee-paying account. Does this qualify as an error?

    Firms must have written policies and procedures for how they handle errors in compliant presentations. Assuming the change in the composite’s net-of-fees annual return is considered material based on the firm’s definition of materiality, the firm must treat this as a correction of an error and follow the firm’s previously established error correction policies and procedures.

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