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 February, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Fundamentals of Compliance
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    Our firm has a new strategy that we want to market. The composite’s performance started in May 2011, and our marketing people are meeting with a prospective client in September 2011. At the time of this meeting, the composite has four months of history. We prepare compliant presentations with annual returns as of 31 December. Are we required to prepare a compliant presentation for this new composite? How do we meet the requirement to make every reasonable effort to provide a compliant presentation to all prospective clients?

    All data required to be included in a compliant presentation, as listed in Section 5.A.1 of the GIPS standards, must be presented as of each annual period end. In this case, the composite does not yet have performance through 31 December; therefore, the firm is not required to prepare a compliant presentation. If a request is made for a compliant presentation for a new composite that does not yet have an initial annual period of performance, the performance for the partial period must be made available. If the prospective client for this strategy is still a prospective client after the compliant presentation is prepared with performance through 31 December, the firm must provide this compliant presentation to the prospective client.