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ArchivedEffective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Changes to the Standards: 2006 GIPS, List of Composite DescriptionsSource: GIPS Executive Committee
We have five terminated composites on our list of composite descriptions. The GIPS standards state that firms must provide a compliant presentation for any composite on the list of composite descriptions to any prospective client who makes such a request. Does that include terminated composites?
Yes. Firms must include terminated composites on the list of composite descriptions for at least five years after the composite termination date. A firm must provide a compliant presentation for a terminated composite, as firms must provide a compliant presentation for any composite on the list of composite descriptions to any prospective client who makes such a request. One objective of the GIPS standards is to ensure the fair representation of a firm’s investment performance track record. This includes not only currently managed strategies, but also those that the firm previously maintained and that are now terminated.
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