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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Overlay Strategies
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    A client hires Manager A to implement a tactical asset allocation futures overlay on a $100 million portfolio managed by another firm. Manager A is given $10 million to implement the overlay strategy. Basis of the overlay strategy = $100 million. Overlay gain/loss for the period = +$500,000. How can Manager A calculate the return and which number, $100 million or $10 million, must be included as total firm assets, before taking into account the gain/loss for the period?

    R = 500,000 / 100,000,000 = 0.50%

    Manager A is required to include the $10 million in the total firm assets; and, the firm may choose to also report the $100 million separately as overlay assets.

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