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ArchivedEffective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019Categories: Incubator FundsSource: GIPS Executive Committee
We are starting an investment strategy but currently do not have any clients. As such, we would like to start the strategy with a proprietary portfolio. However, once we receive a client account managed in this strategy (which may happen up to 2-3 years later) we will close the proprietary portfolio.
Can we create a composite and continue to use the historical performance of the proprietary portfolio by simply adding any subsequent client accounts we receive to the composite? The composite would contain the historical performance of the proprietary portfolio but would continue on with only the new client portfolios, just as a normal composite would.
Yes, the situation you describe is appropriate. Performance of a proprietary portfolio (also known as a seed or incubator fund) may be included in a composite if the portfolio is composed of actual assets managed by the firm. As with any other terminated portfolio, the performance history of the proprietary portfolio will remain in the composite up to the last full measurement period that the proprietary portfolio was under management. The historical performance of the composite will continue to include the proprietary portfolio’s performance.
Please note that firms should disclose if a composite contains proprietary assets and if those proprietary assets are non-fee-paying portfolios, the firm must present the percentage of composite assets represented by non-fee-paying portfolios as of each annual period end.
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