Q & A Database

The GIPS Standards Q&A database contains questions and answers (Q&As) on various searchable topics that provide additional interpretation on an issue. Q&As are considered to be authoritative guidance and must be followed in order to claim compliance with the GIPS standards.

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  • Archived

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

    We recently determined that our list of composite descriptions inadvertently excluded five of our cash management composites. We have supplied this list to hundreds of prospective clients over the past few years. Does this qualify as an error?

    The offer to provide the list of composite descriptions is a required disclosure. Therefore, the list of composite descriptions is directly related to a compliant presentation. The omission of five of the firm’s composites from the required list of composite descriptions must be treated as an error, and the firm’s established error correction policies and procedures must be followed.

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