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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Composite Construction
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    Firm A has a client that has multiple accounts (e.g., personal trust and a personal investment account) and manages these accounts as one “master” portfolio. For purposes of the GIPS standards, can Firm A treat these accounts as one portfolio and include them in an appropriate composite?

    If multiple portfolios are managed as one “master” portfolio, the firm can treat this “master” portfolio as any other portfolio and include it in an appropriate composite. Firms must treat this as one portfolio for the purposes of calculating the dispersion measure and the number of portfolios within the composite. Firms should consider if tax considerations or account restrictions of any of the individual portfolios affect the overall asset allocation process or the implementation of the firm’s strategy for the “master” portfolio. Firms must not double count assets (e.g., counting both the “master” portfolio and underlying portfolio assets) when calculating composite and total firm assets.

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