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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 November, 2012 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Recordkeeping
    Source: GIPS Handbook, 3rd Edition

    I have a composite that I don’t use for advertising or marketing purposes. Must I keep the records for the portfolios in this composite as well as the records for the composite itself, even if I don’t market the composite’s performance?

    Yes. A firm must capture and maintain all data and information (i.e., records) necessary to support all items included in compliant presentations. This includes all of the firm’s composites, whether marketed or not. All composites, whether marketed or not, must be listed on the firm’s list of composite descriptions. The firm must be prepared to provide a compliant presentation to any prospective client that makes such a request for all composites on the list of composite descriptions. The compliant presentation should be available within a reasonable time frame, if not immediately available.

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