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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Leverage/Derivatives
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    Do the GIPS standards include an example of how to value a portfolio that includes long futures? Please provide an example for how to calculate a return for a portfolio that includes long futures.

    At the beginning of the period portfolio consists of $90 long stocks, $10 margin deposited for futures and long futures position with $60 notional value. At the end of the period the value of long stocks is $96 and notional value of futures is $63. Interest received from the deposited margin is $0.02. Total value of the portfolio changes from $100 (= $90 + $10) to $109.02 (= $96 + $10 +$63 – $60 + $0.02) and there are no external cash flows for the period.

    R = (109.02 – 100) / 100 = 9.02%

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