Q & A Database

The GIPS Standards Q&A database contains questions and answers (Q&As) on various searchable topics that provide additional interpretation on an issue. Q&As are considered to be authoritative guidance and must be followed in order to claim compliance with the GIPS standards.

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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Wrap Fee Portfolios
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    The GIPS standards require the disclosure of a fee schedule that is appropriate to the compliant presentation. As a firm managing wrap fee/SMA portfolios, we maintain a fee schedule that is between us and the wrap fee/SMA sponsor. The wrap fee/SMA sponsor has a fee schedule that is between the wrap fee/SMA sponsor and the end client. Which fee schedule should be presented?

    In all instances, if the composite compliant presentation will or may be presented to a prospective client that is an end user of investment management services, the appropriate fee schedule to present is the one that reflects the total wrap fee that will be charged by the SMA sponsor to the end user.

    If the composite compliant presentation is provided only to a prospective SMA sponsor (and will not be used to market to an end user), the fee schedule may reflect the firm’s portion of the total wrap fee (the fee schedule between the firm and the SMA sponsor). Information about other fee schedules may be presented.

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